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By K. Hamblin

This ebook explores the adoption of 'active growing old' guidelines by way of EU15 countries and the impression on older peoples' paintings and retirement coverage suggestions. rules tested comprise unemployment merits, energetic labour marketplace rules, partial pension receipt, pension rules, early retirement and incentives for deferral.

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5 However, whereas the works of Bradshaw et al. (1993), Meyer et al. (2007) and Meyer and Pfau-Effinger (2006) focused on outcomes of welfare arrangements, this book addresses the outputs in terms of the choice policies provide individuals in relation to their labour market exit or participation (decommodification or recommodification). The data will not elaborate on the net gains and losses of particular policies and as aforementioned, policies that provide exit with only a very low level of income could not be considered positive.

E. one year after the launch of the goal (Council of the European Union, 2004). 4): – Group I – seems to be close to, or even above, the Stockholm target, among them, Sweden, Denmark, the UK,… Ireland,… and Portugal. – … Group II – is particularly worrisome, with… Belgium,… Luxembourg, Italy, Austria and France, where less than 35% of older people were at work. – ‘in-between’ group – group III – consisting of Germany,… Finland,… Spain, the Netherlands, Greece…, is close to EU average (Commission of the European Communities, 2004: 6–7).

Phillipson (1996) asserts there is no evidence of a workers’ revolt against older dependents and thus any intergenerational conflict is constructed for political ends. Retrenchment of services for older people can be justified if it is on the back of public demands, and thus if governments argue they are taking preventative steps to minimise the potential for conflict by making minor modifications now, their actions can be justified and viewed as prescient. Indeed, Phillipson (1996: 217) argues “[t]he subsequent break with the generational contract was not the result of conflict between generations.

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