By John Myles, Jill Quadagno

Over the past decade concerns approximately inhabitants getting older, raises in nationwide bills for the aged, and the fashion towards early retirement have aroused new matters concerning the way forward for old-age protection. Myles and Quadagno have assembled a suite of unique essays that learn how various international locations have spoke back to those matters.

The essays partly I discover the new politics of outdated age in nice Britain, Canada, Poland, Scandinavia, West Germany, France, the Netherlands, Japan, and Australia. They display that whereas, through the Reagan and Thatcher period, the U.S. and nice Britain solid debates approximately old-age regulations round a neo-conservative time table, different international locations dealing with related issues diverse paths. partially II, the authors learn how differences in exertions- marketplace practices are steadily changing the prestige of older staff and with it our traditional knowing of outdated age.

The reconstruction of the overseas department of work, the shift of employment from items to companies, and the adoption of latest, knowledge-intensive applied sciences are altering the commercial and political foundation of the association of previous age. As we flow towards the following century, those essays offer a kick off point for a brand new new release of stories within the political economic system of getting older.

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Welfare-state development. Between 1967 and 1984, the average income of elderly family units rose by 55 percent, despite a large drop in the average amount of earned income, while poverty rates dropped from over 25 percent to less than 15 percent. Further, social security benefits gained in importance as the total share of elderly income derived from social security increased from 28 percent in 1967 to 36 percent in 1984. S. history, the middle class was fully incorporated into a national welfare program whose benefits determined the well-being of a large proportion of the nation's elderly.

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Neugarten (Beverly Hills: Sage, 1982), 131-70. 13. R. M. Titmuss, Essays on "the Welfare State," 2nd ed. (London: Allen & Unwin, 1963),35; A. Walker, Social Pwnning (Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1984),45-69. 14. A. Gamble, The Free Economy and the Strong State (London: Macmillan, 1988). 15. A. Gamble and A. Walker, "Introduction: Bringing Socialism Back In," in The Social Economy and the Democratic State, ed. Sheffield Group (London: Lawrence and Wishart, 1989), 15. 16. A. Walker, "The Economic Impact of Ageing: A Critical Assessment" (Paper presented to the Canadian Association on Gerontology's Seventeenth Annual Scientific and Educational Meeting, Halifax, Nova Scotia, October 23.

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