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Inventing Retirement : The Development of Occupational Pensions in Britain - Leslie Hannah

Inventing Retirement

The Development of Occupational Pensions in Britain


Published: 30th April 1986
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Pension funds now account for a large portion of old-age incomes, of capital ownership, and of employee fringe benefits. A hundred years ago they hardly existed. This book, first published in 1986 by one of Britain's leading business historians, examines the interplay of business, political and social forces in this profound transformation, showing why old-age saving became rooted in the employment contract. The analysis is based on historical materials on pension funds, most of which have never previously been analysed, but this new interpretation is skilfully interwoven with the more familiar story of the development of state welfare and of personnel management. The original perspective of the book will be of interest not only to economists, historians and sociologists, but to practitioners in the field of pensions management and old-age welfare who wish to understand the constraints and opportunities provided for modern pension design by the legacy of the past.

List of tables and figures
The Rise of Pensioning
Savings, work and old age in Victorian Britain
Rival pioneers of collectivism: pensions, the state and employers (1899-1927)
The insurance challenge (1927-56)
The state: partner or competitor? (1940-78)
Competition and professionalization: the maturing of the pension market (1956-79)
The Shaping of te Modern Pensions Institution
Accident and design in the evolution of pensions
Pensions in peril? security, solvency and vesting
Designing the benefit structure
Retirement: age discrimination or the fruits of prosperity?
Statistical appendix
A note on sources
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ISBN: 9780521303613
ISBN-10: 0521303613
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 216
Published: 30th April 1986
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.49