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Pensions Imperilled: The Political Economy of Private Pensions Provision in the UK
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Pensions Imperilled: The Political Economy of Private Pensions Provision in the UK (Hardback)

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Private pensions provision in the UK is in crisis, yet it is not the crisis often depicted in political and popular discourses. While population ageing has affected traditional pensions practice, the imperilment of UK pensions is due in fact to the peculiar way policy-makers have responded to wider social and economic change. Pensions are a mechanism for managing failed futures, yet this function is being impeded by the individualization of provision.

This book offers a political economy perspective on the development of private pensions, focusing specifically on how policy elites have sought to respond to perceived crises of demographic change, under-saving, and fund deficits, and in doing so have absorbed imperatives to subject individuals to a market-led regime under the influence of neoliberal ideology. This terrain is explored through chapters on the historical and comparative context of UK pensions provision, the demise of collectivist

provision, the rise of pensions individualization and the state's role as facilitator and regulator in this regard, and the financial and economic context in which pensions provision operates. By placing the UK system in a comparative context of pensions reform agendas across the world, this book

offers an original understanding of the unique temporality and materiality of pensions provision as a set of mechanisms for coping with generational change and forecast failures in capitalist economies. It also presents a nuanced account of the extent to which the state acts to anchor the process of pensions rematerialization and, crucially, concludes by outlining a coherent and radical programme of progressive pensions reform.

BusinessEconomicsPolitical economyBusinessEconomicsWelfare economicsBusinessFinance & accountingFinancePensions Publisher: Oxford University Press Publication Date: 01/01/2021 ISBN-13: 9780198782834  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Craig Berry is Reader in Political Economy and Deputy Director of Future Economies at Manchester Metropolitan University. His previous roles include Deputy Director of the Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute at the University of Sheffield, Policy Advisor at HM Treasury, Pensions Policy Officer at the Trades Union Congress, and Head of Policy and Senior Researcher at the International Longevity Centre. He has also taught at Manchester and Warwick universities, and in 2017 served on the Industrial Strategy Commission. His books include The Political Economy of Industrial Strategy in the UK (with Julie Froud and Tom Barker), Developing England's North (with Arianna Giovannini), Austerity Politics and UK Economic Policy, and Globalisation and Ideology in Britain.

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