International accounting standards as catalysts for pension reform: Greek pensions and the public/private boundary

International accounting standards as catalysts for pension reform: Greek pensions and the public/private boundary
In Journal of European Social Policy, n° 2, vol. 21, (Mai 2011).
Tinios, Platon. p 164 -177.
Pensions played a key role in the Greek fiscal crisis of 2010. This paper analyses a specific failure of pension system governance: the possibility of manipulating the vague boundary between social policy and occupational pensions. The vagueness of the boundary arises from the dual nature of pensions ? as instruments of social and corporate policy. Where first pillar pension provision is segmented, this boundary can be fudged, giving rise to the possibility of appropriating public subsidies for occupational pensions. Though the implications of this for equity were understood long ago, change was finally imposed by the obligation to account for pension promises under International Accounting Standards. The indirect effect of this was to force the demarcation of an upward boundary to social policy responsibility. This paper, after setting up the analytical issue, outlines its manifestation in Greece, and examines the solution given in 2005_6. This methodology has acquired wider significance by being employed by the European Commission as an instrument in the analysis of issues of state aid.
Article.
English .
Social security reform.
Greece.
old age risk, social security financing, public private mix, pension scheme.
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