Conference: “Institutional Reforms in Ageing Societies”

   8th June 2017 10:00 - 18:00, 9th June 2017 18:00

Pázmány Péter Catholic University


        Institute for Legal Studies 
Centre for Social Sciences
Hungarian Academy of Sciences

“Institutional reforms in ageing societies”

Conference programme

Venue: Pázmány Péter Catholic University, Faculty of Law and Political Sciences

Address: Szentkirályi u. 28-30. Budapest, 1088

Participation at the conference is free, but subject to registration. Please send an email to for registration.

Thursday, 8 June 2017




Conference opening

Prof. Szabolcs Szuromi (Rector of Pázmány Péter Catholic University)

Prof. András Jakab (Director, Institute for Legal Studies, CSS HAS)


Keynote Lecture 1.

Prof. Pieter Vanhuysse (DaWS, University of Southern Denmark): What Age Groups Give Each Other: Pro-elderly Welfare States within a Child-oriented Europe

Chair: András Jakab, Discussant: Dorottya Szikra




Parallel Sessions A,B


Coffee break


Parallel Sessions C, D


Coffee break


Parallel Sessions E,F

Friday, 9 June 2017


Keynote lecture 2.

Prof. Axel Gosseries (Université Catholique de Louvain): Intergenerational Cooperation and Institutional Design

Chair: Inigo Gonzalez Ricoy, Discussant: Viktor Lőrincz


Coffee break


Session G




Keynote lecture 3.

Prof. Rainer Grote (MPI Comparative Public Law, Heidelberg): The Constitutional Law of Ageing Societies – Outline of a Research Agenda

Chair: Dr. Gyula Bándi, Discussant: András Jakab


Coffee break


Session H

Programme of sessions

Session A: Attitudes towards intergenerational redistribution (Chair: Róbert Gál)

  • Juan J. Fernández, Gema García-Albacete, Antonio Jaime-Castillo and Jonas Radl (University Carlos III of Madrid): Priming or Framing? A Survey Experiment on the Role of Information and Frames on Attitudes towards Population Aging and Welfare Reforms
  • Attila Gulyás and Béla Janky (HAS, Institute for Sociology): Voting Rights and Intergenerational Justice: Framing and Attitudes
  • Dominik Lober (University of Konstanz): Older People’s Solidarity Towards the Younger Generations – A Matter of Relationships or of Deservingness?


Session B: Pension systems and reforms (Chair: Kathrin Komp)

  • Dan Apăteanu (University of Oradea): The Reform of the Pension System in Romania
  • Dorottya Szikra and Diána Kiss (HAS, Institute for Sociology; ELTE): Abandoning Compulsory Private Pensions in Hungary. Processes and Impacts
  • Achim Kemmerling and Kristin Makszin (CEU; HAS, Institute for Political Sciences): Excessive Policy Volatility in Recent Pension Reforms in Eastern Europe and Latin America


Session C: Effects of ageing on the society and the welfare state (Chair: Harald Künemund)

  • Mika Vidlund, Niko Väänänen, Antti Mielonen and Kati Kuitto (Finnish Centre for Pensions): What is the Cost of Total Pension Provision and Who Pays the Bill? – Cross-national Comparison of Pension Contributions
  • Róbert I. Gál and Márton Medgyesi (HDRI; Tárki): Redistribution in the Welfare State: Between Income Groups or Between Age Groups? 
  • Rza Kazimov (Humboldt-Universität, Berlin): Studying Electoral Participation in European Parliament: The Effect of Population Ageing on Aggregate Turnout Patterns in Elections to the European Parliament


Session D: Pension reforms and long-term care (Chair: Kristin Makszin)

  • Magdolna Vallasek (Sapientia Hungarian University of Transylvania): Restoring or Destroying the Financial Sustainability of the Pension System? The Romanian Case
  • Frank Bandau (Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg): Partisan Politics in the Long Shadow of the Golden Age: The Case of Pension Reforms in Sweden and Britain
  • Attila Bartha (HAS, Institute for Political Science): Technocratic Expertise versus Populist Governance? Explaining the Role of Political Elites in Pension Reforms in Southern and Central-Eastern Europe
  • Hana Marikova (Institute of Sociology, Czech Academy of Sciences): Elder Care from the Historical and Gender Perspectives: the Case Study of the Czech Republic



Session E: Policy options to mitigate consequences of ageing (Chair: Juan J. Fernandez)

  • Harald Künemund (University of Vechta): Life Expectancy, Retirement Age and Social Inequalities: Options for the Institutionalized Life Course
  • Hans-Joachim Reinhard (University of Fulda): Challenge of Long-term Care in Ageing European Countries
  • Andrzej Klimczuk (Warsaw School of Economics): The Emergence of the Creative Ageing Movement: Barriers and Challenges in the Countries of the European Union


Session F: Work and leisure among the elderly (Chair: Attila Bartha)

  • Kathrin Komp (Helsinki University): Couples Coordinating their Retirement Ages: A Lifetime of Coordination?
  • Éva Berde and Mariann Rigó (Corvinus University Budapest; TU Dortmund):  German or Hungarian Elders are Happier with their Work?
  • Maria Alexandra d’Araújo, Stella Bettencourt da Câmara, Jaime R. S. Fonseca (Univ. of Lisbon): The Role of Leisure in a Social Response to Older Women


Session G: Institutions for ageing societies 1 (Chair: Miklós Könczöl)

  • András Jakab (HAS, Institute for Legal Studies; PPCU): Sustainability in European Constitutional Law
  • Inigo Gonzalez Ricoy (University of Barcelona): The Legitimacy of Intergenerational Institutions
  • Michael Rose (Bergische Universität Wuppertal): Democratic Myopia and Future Generations. On Institutional Innovations, their Impact Potential and the Challenges of their Institutionalization


Session H: Institutions for ageing societies 2 (Chair: Michael Rose)

  • József Banyár (Corvinus University Budapest): Conflict or Fair Deal Between the Generations? Alternative Economics for Pensions
  • Paul Bou-Habib (University of Essex): A Longevity Tax for Ageing Societies?
  • Viktor Lőrincz (HAS, Institute for Legal Studies): Age and Capacity in Continental Law – Psychological Aspects
  • Miklós Könczöl (HAS, Institute for Legal Studies; PPCU): Parental Proxy Voting and Paternalism