Pension sharing on divorce: the future for women

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSocial Policy Review
Subtitle of host publicationUK and international perspectives
EditorsCatherine Bochel, Nick Ellison, Martin Powell
Place of PublicationBristol
PublisherBristol University Press
Number of pages24
ISBN (Electronic)9781847425751
Publication statusPublished - 20 Jan 2022

Publication series

NameSocial Policy Review
PublisherBristol University Press


  • divorced women
  • retirement
  • male breadwinner
  • pension sharing

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Global inequalities
  • Policy@Manchester
  • Manchester Institute for Collaborative Research on Ageing


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