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    Introduction: Policy Responses to Ageing and the Extension of Working Lives


    Biggs, Simon and Bowman, Dina and Kimberley, Helen and McGann, Michael (2016) Introduction: Policy Responses to Ageing and the Extension of Working Lives. Social Policy and Society, 15 (4). pp. 607-610. ISSN 1474-7464

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    Abstract

    Since the beginning of the twenty-first century, the relationship between work and ageing has become increasingly visible as a policy issue. It is both reflected in and influenced by changes in macro-economic policy, life-opportunities and social attitudes associated with growing older, as a combination of falling birth rates and increased longevity, and has put pressure on the traditional parameters of the working age. The idea of retiring at a fixed point in the life-course, to enjoy a period of rest or leisure at the end of a working life, emerged in many advanced economies during the 1900s and evolved into policies that encouraged early retirement as the baby-boomers entered the jobs market in the 1960s and 1970s (Phillipson and Smith, 2005). Early retirement, itself a relatively recent development, gave rise to the possibility of a ‘third age’ of leisure and active ageing (Laslett, 1987), but as demographic and economic changes make themselves felt, it is again becoming an uncertain prospect for many older workers (Biggs and McGann, 2015).

    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: Cite as: Biggs, S., Bowman, D., Kimberley, H., & McGann, M. (2016). Introduction: Policy Responses to Ageing and the Extension of Working Lives. Social Policy and Society, 15(4), 607-610. doi:10.1017/S1474746416000269
    Keywords: work and ageing; policy; retirement;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Science and Engineering > Research Institutes > National Centre for Geocomputation, NCG
    Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Institutes > Maynooth University Social Sciences Institute, MUSSI
    Faculty of Social Sciences > Sociology
    Item ID: 14667
    Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1017/S1474746416000269
    Depositing User: Michael McGann
    Date Deposited: 29 Jul 2021 14:55
    Journal or Publication Title: Social Policy and Society
    Publisher: Cambridge University Press
    Refereed: Yes
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