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Towards adequate, safe and sustainable pensions - How to include the public into the commission's agenda?

Klingenberg, Ingo (2012) Towards adequate, safe and sustainable pensions - How to include the public into the commission's agenda?

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Abstract:This paper deals with public opinion and aims to find a possible answer to the question: “To what extent does the retirement system type, self-interest or political ideology explain public opinion?” In order to answer this question a longitudinal Research Design was chosen which compares existing survey data from Eurobarometers of 2001 and 2009. As possible explanations the ‘retirement regime type’, ‘political ideology’ and ‘self-interest’ are tested. The study was conducted to give suggestions what politicians of the European Union member states should take into account by changing their retirement systems. These changes seem to be inevitable in the future and the white paper “An Agenda for Adequate, Safe and Sustainable Pensions” underlies the importance the topic has to the European Union institutions, too. Further, this study can be seen as another jigsaw piece of the whole puzzle of public opinion research. It is dealing with the foundations of public opinion what nowadays a bit has moved out of the central focus of researchers. Its main finding is that the self-interest theory shows a high potential in explaining public opinion on retirement systems. The other two theories, retirement regime type and political ideology at least indicate that they have potential explanatory power.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:88 social and public administration
Programme:Public Administration BSc (56627)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/61831
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