An emerging consensus sees British pension policy as unravelling. Yet the gender impact of expanding private pension provision and relying increasingly on means-testing has been largely overlooked.
This book examines key issues such as:
how pension choices over the lifecourse are structured by gender, class and ethnicity;
the impact of changing patterns of partnership and parenthood on pension building;
the distributional impact of privatising pensions;
questions about individualisation of rights, survivor benefits, a citizen's pension and means-testing;
the EU dimension - comparing alternative strategies for improving gender equity.
The book is essential reading for teachers, researchers and students in social gerontology, sociology, social policy and women's studies; practitioners in social work and welfare rights; policy makers concerned with income in later life; and all those who wish to improve their understanding of pensions issues.
Jay Ginn is a Senior Research Fellow in the Sociology Department of Surrey University and Co-Director of the Centre for Research on Ageing and Gender.
Contents: Trends in gender relations, employment and pensions; Choice and risk in pensions: gender and class inequalities; Pension prospects for minority ethnic groups; Changing patterns of partnership: divorce and pensions; Impact of motherhood on pension acquisition: differentiation according to education; Gender and pensions in the European Union: towards an independence model? British pension policy: a gender perspective on alternative rescue plans.