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European Pensions & Global Finance

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  • Clark, Gordon L.

    (Halford Mackinder Professor of Geography and Fellow of the Said Business School, University of Oxford)

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This book is about the demographic and funding crises that threaten continental European systems of pension and retirement income. The author argues that state-sponsored social security will not deliver promised retirement incomes for the baby-boom generation; European monetary union and the imperatives of global finance has made such promises untenable thereby undercutting nation-state social solidarity. Globalization has set many challenges for European countries, not least of which is providing pension security for their citizens. At the same time, global finance has opened-up options for corporations and individuals seeking alternatives to the past; but exercising those opportunities will come at a high cost for European notions of social justice. Drawing upon original research, the author considers (1) the dimensions of the pending European retirement income funding crisis, noting the economic and political forces involved in debates over possible solutions; (2) Current country-specific models of pensions provision, making the connection between social security and supplementary pensions; (3) The allocation of risks between individuals, markets, and institutions emphasizing the tensions between social solidarity and the market in France, Germany, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom; (4) And finally, the prospects for a pan-European approach to retirement income provision.

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  • Clark, Gordon L., 2003. "European Pensions & Global Finance," OUP Catalogue, Oxford University Press, number 9780199253647.
  • Handle: RePEc:oxp:obooks:9780199253647
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    1. James Faulconbridge & Ewald Engelen & Michael Hoyler & Jonathan Beaverstock, 2007. "Analysing the Changing Landscape of European Financial Centres: The Role of Financial Products and the Case of Amsterdam," Growth and Change, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 38(2), pages 279-303.
    2. Gordon L Clark, 2012. "Pensions or property?," Environment and Planning A, Pion Ltd, London, vol. 44(5), pages 1185-1199, May.
    3. Gordon L. Clark, 2016. "The Components of Talent: Company Size and Financial Centres in the European Investment Management Industry," Regional Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 50(1), pages 168-181, January.
    4. José Corpataux & Olivier Crevoisier & Thierry Theurillat, 2009. "The Expansion of the Finance Industry and Its Impact on the Economy: A Territorial Approach Based on Swiss Pension Funds," Economic Geography, Clark University, vol. 85(3), pages 313-334, July.
    5. David Bassens & Michiel van Meeteren & Ben Derudder & Frank Witlox, 2013. "No more credit to Europe? Cross-border bank lending, financial integration, and the rebirth of the national scale as a credit scorecard," Environment and Planning A, Pion Ltd, London, vol. 45(10), pages 2399-2419, October.
    6. Gordon L. Clark, 2014. "Roepke Lecture in Economic Geography—Financial Literacy in Context," Economic Geography, Clark University, vol. 90(1), pages 1-23, January.
    7. Susan Christopherson & Gordon L. Clark & John Whiteman, 2015. "Introduction: the Euro crisis and the future of Europe," Journal of Economic Geography, Oxford University Press, vol. 15(5), pages 843-853.
    8. Thierry Theurillat & Jose Corpataux & Olivier Crevoisier, 2006. "The Financialization of the Property Sector: the Case of the Swiss Pension Trusts (1994-2005)," ERSA conference papers ersa06p118, European Regional Science Association.

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