EUROPEAN PAPERS ON THE NEW WELFARE

Social Dialogue for Sustainable Pensions and Flexible Labour Markets

Abstract

Governments increasingly encounter opposition to the controversial welfare and labour market reforms that appear necessary for addressing the challenges of demographic ageing. The reasons for such failures reside principally in their impact on acquired rights but also in the top-down and fragmented approach adopted by most governments. Lessons from successful reforms indicate that a broad policy mix is indispensable together with a broad public debate and consensus building with the social partners on the objectives of the reforms and the means to implement them.
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