Evolving European Perspectives
Edited by Ann Numhauser-Henning
Chapter 8: The rationales of government action on ageing and the extension of working lives
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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