The ‘pillared-privatisation’ of pension provision in the European Union: the case of the United Kingdom

Patrick Ring, Roddy McKinnon

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    Across the European Union, national governments are re-assessing the institutional mechanisms through which pension provision is delivered. This articles sets the debate within the wider context of the ‘pillared’ structural analysis often adopted by international institutions when discussing pensions reform. It then sets out a detailed discussion of developments in the UK, arguing that the UK is moving towards a model of reform akin to that promoted by the World Bank – referred to here as ‘pillared-privatisation’. The themes of this model indicate more means-testing, greater private provision, and a shift of the burden of risk from the government to individuals. An assessment is then made of the implications of UK developments for other EU countries. It is suggested that while there are strong reasons to think that other countries will not travel as far down the road of ‘pillared-privatisation’ as the UK, this should not be taken as a ‘given’
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)5-24
    Number of pages20
    JournalEuropean Journal of Social Security
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 2002


    • European Union
    • pension provision
    • pillared-privatisation


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