Provides analysis, from a feminine perspective, of how gender inequality in retirement income is influenced by employment histories, marital status and parenthood.
An emerging consensus sees British pension policy as unravelling. Yet the gender impact of expanding private pension provision and relying increasingly on means-testing has been largely overlooked.
This book examines key issues such as:
how pension choices over the lifecourse are structured by gender, class and ethnicity;
the impact of changing patterns of partnership and parenthood on pension building;
the distributional impact of privatising pensions;
questions about individualisation of rights, survivor benefits, a citizen's pension and means-testing;
the EU dimension - comparing alternative strategies for improving gender equity.
The book is essential reading for teachers, researchers and students in social gerontology, sociology, social policy and women's studies; practitioners in social work and welfare rights; policy makers concerned with income in later life; and all those who wish to improve their understanding of pensions issues.
Contents: Trends in gender relations, employment and pensions; Choice and risk in pensions: gender and class inequalities; Pension prospects for minority ethnic groups; Changing patterns of partnership: divorce and pensions; Impact of motherhood on pension acquisition: differentiation according to education; Gender and pensions in the European Union: towards an independence model? British pension policy: a gender perspective on alternative rescue plans.