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Dr Paul Bridgen 

Associate Professor in Social Policy, Head of Teaching Programmes

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Dr Paul Bridgen is Associate Professor in Social Policy within Sociology at the University of Southampton.

Much of my most recent work has been on pension policy and politics. I also have longstanding interests in the more general politics of policy-making.

Paul Bridgen (Senior Lecturer in Social Policy) joined the Division in September 1998. He took a BA (Hons) in History at the University of Birmingham and then gained an MSc in Politics at the London School of Economics. In 2001, he was awarded a PhD by the University of London for a thesis on the early British Labour Party's development of a foreign policy.

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Much of my most recent work has been on pension policy and politics. Between 2003 and 2006, I was the joint academic coordinator (with Traute Meyer) of a European Union-funded six-country research project on pensions and social inclusion. This project assessed the distributive implications of recent reforms in European pension systems on the basis of micro-simulations of pension outcomes from both the public and private sector for a range of vulnerable citizens. This work has resulted in the publication of a book (edited with Traute Meyer), Private Pensions versus Social Inclusion? (Edward Elgar) and a number of published and submitted papers. Building on this research, I am currently researching occupational pension developments in Britain and Germany as part of the Anglo-German Foundation’s Creating Sustainable Growth in Europe research initiative. This aims to establish new insights on the under-researched area of private social-policy making. I also have longstanding interests in the more general politics of policy-making.

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Accepted for publication in West European Politics, 2009: Paul Bridgen and Traute Meyer: The politics of occupational pension reform in Britain and the Netherlands: the power of market discipline in liberal and corporatist regimes.

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The reconstruction of British and German pension regimes

Free movement, pension costs: the projected pension outcomes of European Union migrants to Britain in comparative perspective

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Dr Paul Bridgen
Sociology, Social Policy, Criminology University of Southampton Southampton SO17 1BJ United Kingdom

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