A global comparative overview of pensions systems drawing on examples from around the world.


This volume presents the recent experiences of pension reform in seven countries: Australia, Canada, Germany, Netherlands, Poland, Sweden and the United Kingdom. Faced with common problems of ageing societies and constraints on taxation levels, all are increasingly passing responsibility for saving for retirement to citizens. However, there is enormous variety between countries in the degree to which the state intervenes to mitigate the risks which the individual can face in saving for a pension.

Table of Contents

Contributors / Contents / Acknowledgements / Introduction – Gregg McClymont and Andy Tarrant / UK – Gregg McClymont and Andy Tarrant / Australia – Jeremy Cooper / Canada – W Paul McCrossan / Germany – Steffen Hagemann / Netherlands – Eduard Ponds and Onno Steenbeek / Poland – Marek Naczyk / Sweden – Edward Palmer / Conclusion – Gregg McClymont and Andy Tarrant

Author Bio

Gregg McClymont is head of retirement savings at Aberdeen Asset Management. He was formerly the Shadow Pensions Minister in the Labour Party and MP for Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East in Scotland, UK

Andy Tarrant is a policy researcher. His academic work focuses on political economy and regulatory design.