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Elder Law

Evolving European Perspectives

Edited by Ann Numhauser-Henning

The ageing population poses a huge challenge to law and society, carrying important structural and institutional implications. This book portrays elder law as an emerging research discipline in the European setting in terms of both conceptual and theoretical perspectives as well as elements of the law.
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Chapter 8: The rationales of government action on ageing and the extension of working lives

Alysia Blackham, Miriam Kullmann, Hanna Pettersson and Ania Zbyszewska


EU Member State governments have introduced a range of measures to extend working lives and address population ageing. This chapter evaluates the rationales that drive government action as enacted through law and policy in the UK, the Netherlands, Poland and Sweden. The authors argue that despite significant diversity across EU Member States, the rationale for managing ageing has largely relied on neoliberal ideas and conceptions of work and individual responsibility. This has a significant practical impact on the types of reforms that are being implemented to extend working lives. Ageing, policy rationales, older workers, United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Poland, Sweden

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