The Politics of Old Age in Europe

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Alan Walker, Gerhard Naegele
Open University Press, 1999 - Medical - 230 pages
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This collection of essays examines the new politics of old age from the perspectives of individual countries and the European Union as a whole. Case studies of Austria, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Sweden and the UK provide a broad representation of EU countries. Additionally there are studies of Hungary and the USA to provide comparative reference points in Central/Eastern Europe and North America. Each country study provides an overview of the politics of old age (main developments, organizations and actors), an account of developments and measures taken by national or local government to increase the participation of older people, analysis of the barriers to participation and a forward look at the likely direction of policies, forms of representation and generational relations. The examples are preceeded by European overviews of political participation and representation, the machinery of representation and recent innovations.

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