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Continental welfare states in Europe confronted with the end-of-career inactivity trap: A major challenge to social protection in an aging society. CES Working Paper, no. 81, 2002

Guillemard, Anne-Marie. (2002) Continental welfare states in Europe confronted with the end-of-career inactivity trap: A major challenge to social protection in an aging society. CES Working Paper, no. 81, 2002. [Working Paper]

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    Abstract

    The paper is an attempt to assess continental welfare state reforms that use the window of the end-of-career inactivity trap. The question addressed is: what is the most effective way to break up the vicious circle of early exit from the labor market, which is a specific pathology of continental welfare states. The cases of the Netherlands and Finland, two countries that have succeeded in reversing the early exit trend in recent years, prove that only a radical change in paradigms that govern social protection may turn the vicious circle of welfare without work for aging workers into a virtuous circle of active aging. In states in which reforms have focused on changing the rules and regulations that govern retirement systems, or on restricting early exit pathways, as is the case in France, they have failed to break up with the end-of-career inactivity trap.

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    Item Type: Working Paper
    Subjects for non-EU documents: Countries > Finland
    EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > social policy > welfare state
    Countries > Netherlands
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series and Periodicals: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Series: Series > Harvard University, Center for European Studies > CES Working Papers Series
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 19 Aug 2009
    Page Range: p. 16
    Last Modified: 15 Feb 2011 17:59
    URI: http://aei.pitt.edu/id/eprint/9144

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