<b>Introduction: The Paradox of Early Exit from Work</b>

Bernhard Ebbinghaus

in Reforming Early Retirement in Europe, Japan and the USA

Published in print July 2006 | ISBN: 9780199286119
Published online September 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191604089 | DOI:
 Introduction: The Paradox of Early Exit from Work

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Early retirement has become a major issue of current welfare state reforms in aging societies. This introductory chapter discusses the different protection-oriented ‘pull’ and production-oriented ‘push’ factors that caused more early exit from work prior to age 65. It argues for systematic comparison of welfare regimes, production systems, and labor relations, as well as the study of the key role of social partners in institutional change.

Keywords: early retirement; welfare state reform; welfare regimes; political economy; industrial relations; social partners; comparative method; institutional change

Chapter.  6839 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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