Employment and Social Policies for an Ageing Society
Britain and Germany compared
Academic Convenors: Gerhard Naegele and Alan Walker; Text: Christopher Pick
Hardly a week passes in Germany or in the UK without a newspaper headline referring to the ‘pensions crisis’ or the ‘pensions timebomb’ . Has then the welfare state passed its sell-by date? Can, and should, governments abdicate from one of the core principles of the welfare state, to ensure that their citizens enjoy a reasonably prosperous and comfortable old age? It was to consider these issues – and, more importantly, the complex demographic, economic, social and political realities that lie behind the over-simplified media treatments – that the Anglo–German Foundation brought together a wide range of experts from the UK and Germany. The discussions and debates of the bilateral conference in London are summarized in this conference report.
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