Age, work and pensions in the United Kingdom and Hong Kong: an institutional perspective
Flynn, Matt; Schröder, Heike
This article explores whether comparative institutionalism can be used to identify path-dependent approaches to the management of ageing workforces in the United Kingdom (UK) and Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR), and considers whether and how the global phenomenon of population ageing is leading to a convergence of approaches between Western and Eastern economies. Using semi-structured expert interviews, the article discusses these countries’ approaches to employment regulation, welfare provision and public sector employment. The findings show that the two economies exhibit a converging trend: namely shifting responsibilities for extended longevity from the state and employer towards the individual worker. However, stakeholder pressure (especially from trade unions) has tempered this trend in the UK more than in HKSAR. This indicates that stakeholders’ relative ability to use their agency in setting and pursuing agendas that diverge from public policy paths influences not only national-level policy-making but also organisational-level HRM.
|Journal Article Type||Article|
|Journal||Economic and Industrial Democracy|
|Peer Reviewed||Peer Reviewed|
|APA6 Citation||Flynn, M., & Schröder, H. Age, work and pensions in the United Kingdom and Hong Kong: an institutional perspective. Economic and Industrial Democracy, 0143831X1876354. https://doi.org/10.1177/0143831x18763542|
|Keywords||Age management; Comparative institutionalism; Industrial relations; National business systems; Welfare regimes|
This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 License (http://www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/) which permits non-commercial use, reproduction and distribution of the work without further permission provided the original work is attributed as specified on the SAGE and Open Access pages (https://us.sagepub.com/en-us/nam/open-access-at-sage).