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The Development of Pensioners' Interest Organisations in Central and Eastern Europe: A Comparison of the Czech and Slovene Cases

Hanley, SL; (2013) The Development of Pensioners' Interest Organisations in Central and Eastern Europe: A Comparison of the Czech and Slovene Cases. Europe-Asia Studies , 65 (1) 45 - 74. 10.1080/09668136.2012.734555. Green open access

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Abstract

Studies of organised interests in Central and Eastern Europe have overlooked constituencies shaped by the welfare state such as retired people. The article compares the development, structure and strategies of pensioners’ interest organisations in the Czech Republic and Slovenia. It finds that sizeable, if poorly resourced, membership-based pensioners’ interest organisations have emerged, largely independently of trade unions, and integrated into interest representation systems. Although lack of resources and organisational problems hamper lobbying capacity, these groups retain mobilisation potential. Comparison suggests that legacies and modes of transition still shapes pensioners’ interest organisation more than institutional structures or new population ageing strategies.

Type: Article
Title: The Development of Pensioners' Interest Organisations in Central and Eastern Europe: A Comparison of the Czech and Slovene Cases
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/09668136.2012.734555
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09668136.2012.734555
Language: English
Additional information: © 2013 The Author(s). Published by Taylor & Francis This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. The moral rights of the named author(s) have been asserted.
Keywords: pensioners, older people, Czech, Slovenia, interest groups, Eastern Europe, Central Europe
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1358306
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