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- DescriptionThe politics of old age in Europe have entered a critical new phase. This timely collection of essays by leading authorities examines the new politics of old age from the perspectives of individual countries and the European Union as a whole. Case studies of Austria, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Sweden and the UK provide a broad representation of EU countries. In addition there are case studies of Hungary and the USA to provide comparative reference points in Central/Eastern Europe and North America. Each country study provides an overview of the politics of old age (main developments, organizations and actors), an account of recent developments and measures taken by national or local government to increase the participation of older people, analysis of the barriers to participation and a forward look at the likely direction of policies, forms of representation and generational relations. The country examples are preceded by European overviews of political participation and representation, the machinery of representation and recent invations. The authors provide an introduction to the key issues and review the main lessons in a concluding chapter. The Politics of Old Age in Europe will be of interest to policymakers and practitioners working with older people, as well as students of social policy, political science and gerontology.
- Author BiographyAlan Walker is Professor of Social Policy at the University of Sheffield and specializes in social gerontology and European social policy. He chaired the European Commission's Observatory on Ageing and Older People and currently chairs the European Foundation on Social Quality. Previous books include The Caring Relationship (with H. Qureshi) (1989); The New Generational Contract (1997); Changing Services for Older People (with Lorna Warren) (1996) and Ageing Europe (with Tony Maltby) (1996). Gerhard Naegele is Professor of Social Gerontology and Director of the Institute of Gerontology at the University of Dortmund. He specializes in social gerontology, social policy and poverty research. He is a member of the Board of Experts of the Bundestag Inquiry Commission 'Demographic Changes' and of numerous socio-political and socio-gerontological organizations and associations. Previous books include Introduction to Social Policy (with G. Backer, R. Bispinck and K. Hofemann) (1989); Changes and Risks of Older Workers (1992); Working and Caring in a National and International Perspective (with Monika Reichert) (1998).
- PublisherOpen University Press
- Date of Publication01/05/1999
- LanguageEnglish & English
- SubjectSocial Sciences: Textbooks & Study Guides
- Series TitleRethinking Ageing
- Place of PublicationMilton Keynes
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintOpen University Press
- Content Note1, black & white illustrations
- Weight480 g
- Width154 mm
- Height228 mm
- Spine15 mm
- Edited byAlan Walker,Gerhard Naegele
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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