The Making of Ageing Policy

The Making of Ageing Policy

Theory and Practice in Europe

Edited by Rune Ervik and Tord Skogedal Lindén

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.

Chapter 11: The making of ageing policy: framing, conceptual ambiguities and national policy developments

Rune Ervik and Tord Skogedal Lindén

Subjects: social policy and sociology, ageing


In this concluding chapter we shall address some of the most important topics in this volume. We shall follow a similar organization to the overall structure of this book. We begin by revisiting the challenges of ageing presented in the introductory chapter and how these are framed, pinpointing the role of politics and policies in determining the scope of these challenges. The second section addresses this political dimension, discussing the reform preparedness of the population and the ways in which policy-makers overcome resistance and create consensus as discussed in this volume. The third section reflects on the ambiguity of the concepts of active and productive ageing policies outlined by international actors, in national contexts and in academic discourse, and also discusses some of the normative aspects that these concepts raise and that must be addressed in further revisions and debates on ageing policy. Chapters of this book have addressed ageing policies across the three main areas of the welfare state: pension, labour market and long-term care (LTC) policies (and health is addressed in Chapter 3, family policy in Chapter 7). In sections 4–6, we present some findings from a comparative perspective in these areas. We relate the conceptual discussion across policy fields to the two central concepts of active and productive ageing.

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