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Social Policy Review 15UK and international perspectives$
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Catherine Bochel, Nick Ellison, and Martin Powell

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9781847424709

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847424709.001.0001

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Pension sharing on divorce: the future for women

Pension sharing on divorce: the future for women

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(p.239) Twelve Pension sharing on divorce: the future for women
Source:
Social Policy Review 15
Author(s):

Debora Price

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847424709.003.0013

This chapter views the potential financial position of divorced women in retirement in England and Wales from two convergent perspectives. The first is a review of the location of the United Kingdom within the welfare state theory as a paradigm male breadwinner nation state. The second is focused on a certain policy solution to the ‘problem’ of the retirement income of divorced women that has been chosen and recently implemented by the UK government. The chapter also introduces the concept of ‘pension sharing’, which is the allocation of pensions between divorced spouses.

Keywords:   divorced women, retirement, male breadwinner, pension sharing

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