The Making of Ageing Policy: Theory and Practice in Europe (Hardback)
  • The Making of Ageing Policy: Theory and Practice in Europe (Hardback)

The Making of Ageing Policy: Theory and Practice in Europe (Hardback)

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Hardback 304 Pages / Published: 28/06/2013
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Demographic changes transform societies and challenge existing institutional solutions and policies. The need for policies addressing these challenges has increasingly been put on the agenda. The Making of Ageing Policy analyzes these innovative policy ideas and practices at both the international and the national level. The book provides insights into the value basis and justifications of ageing policies, the potential for conflict and how policy ideas are embedded in institutional defense and advocacy for institutional change and reform. In terms of policy ideas the economically focused `productive ageing' dominates, but the book finds instances where the broader `active ageing' approach has gained a hold in policymaking. Ageing policy reforms within pensions and labour market policy include measures to make people extend their working life. In long-term care reforms abound, and implies changes in the responsibility of financing and provision but the patterns across countries differ substantially. The authors provide normative analysis of ageing policy ideas, divulge political conflicts and consensus on ageing policy, and contribute by describing and analyzing the changing institutional landscape of ageing politics and policies throughout Europe. It will prove insightful for academics and researchers in the field, but it will also appeal to practitioners who are increasingly dealing with demographic challenges across a wide number of policy sectors in their daily affairs.

Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd
ISBN: 9781781952474
Number of pages: 304
Dimensions: 156 x 234 mm

I would recommend this book to readers on its own merits as providing a solid and insightful analysis of ageing policies across a range of countries. -- Social Policy and Administration`
This innovative book provides insightful analyses and critique of policy ideas and practices regarding the challenges and opportunities facing ageing European societies. Through pertinent case study examples, it elucidates the ideological and institutional factors that underlie policy responses in different European societies. It demonstrates the pivotal role of ideas and of international organisations in shaping the policy and practice landscape, and driving through key policy reforms in Europe. This edited book provides an invaluable resource for policy-makers, researchers and scholars interested in ageing, policy and the political process.' -- Sara Arber, University of Surrey UK

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