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The pension policy response to Global Aging: a comparison between Europe and South America

Menke, Susanne (2013) The pension policy response to Global Aging: a comparison between Europe and South America.

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Abstract:Global Aging is the one of the most urgent challenges of this century. Social policy makers are facing a changing demographic structure of the societies and have to find a way to adapt their state to it. Therefore this thesis will center on the policy responses that have been made so far, comparing the two continents Europe and South America. The main research question “How have European countries and South American countries responded to the aging of their societies between 2000 and 2012?” will be divided into three sub–questions, “To what extent have the six representative countries in Europe and South America been affected by Global Aging in the past 12 years?”,”What pension reforms have been made in the representative countries in the past 12 years?” and “How do the pension policy reforms reflect on the different responses to Global Aging?” The research design is a comparative case study and focuses on information found in policy papers and scientific articles on three representative countries from Europe and South America; those six countries are the main units of observation. The aim of this study is to provide an understanding of the different kinds of responses that were shown so far and furthermore give an outlook on possible future approaches. This study will be scientifically and socially relevant since it will shed light on the more current developments of pension policies in response to aging of the society on two continents. It can be used for orientation when trying to understand the development of policy responses and possibly to find best practices in future studies.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:88 social and public administration
Programme:European Studies BSc (56627)
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