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By K. Hamblin

This publication explores the adoption of 'active ageing' regulations through EU15 international locations and the influence on older peoples' paintings and retirement coverage recommendations. guidelines tested comprise unemployment advantages, lively labour industry rules, partial pension receipt, pension ideas, early retirement and incentives for deferral.

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These arguments would suggest reform of policies for older people is part of a more complex interplay of political motivations as opposed to a reaction to demographic ageing and its impact on welfare arrangements and solidarity. f. Marx, 1973), vilified and glorified at times of boom and slump respectively. Phillipson (2005) argues the ascendancy of capital gains over the needs of older people has meant that the priorities of the market guide policies. This, he argues, is exemplified through the cycling of older workers into and out of the labour market as is required by the economy.

For Hills (1996), the welfare state distributes income across the individual’s life cycle as opposed to redistribution from one individual to another. However, what an individual has contributed over their lifecourse is not repaid to them in old age in exact quantities as inflation means to give people exactly what they paid in would consign them to poverty and social exclusion. Kohli (2005) argues the concerns around intergenerational conflict mask the more persistent intragenerational conflict that results from income disparities within cohorts.

Indeed, she argues population ageing and the associated negative effects are now defined as ‘facts’, which obscures their political nature: “[t]he socially constructed ‘problem’, and the remedies invoked on the policy level, are related, first, to the capacity of powerful and strategically located 20 Active Ageing in the European Union interests and classes to define ‘the problem’ and to press their views into public consciousness and, second, to the objective facts of the situation. Note the order of influence: power and class, first; facts, second” (Estes, 1999a: 135).

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