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The Making of Ageing Policy

Theory and Practice in Europe Edited by Rune Ervik, NORCE Norwegian Research Centre AS and Tord Skogedal Lindén, Department of Social Science, NORCE Norwegian Research Centre, Bergen, Norway
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.
Extent: 304 pp
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Publication Date: 2013
ISBN: 978 1 78195 247 4
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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.

The book provides insights into the value basis and justifications of ageing policies, the potential for conflict and how policy ideas are embedded in institutional defense and advocacy for institutional change and reform. In terms of policy ideas the economically focused ‘productive ageing’ dominates, but the book finds instances where the broader ‘active ageing’ approach has gained a hold in policymaking. Ageing policy reforms within pensions and labour market policy include measures to make people extend their working life. In long-term care reforms abound, and implies changes in the responsibility of financing and provision but the patterns across countries differ substantially.

The authors provide normative analysis of ageing policy ideas, divulge political conflicts and consensus on ageing policy, and contribute by describing and analyzing the changing institutional landscape of ageing politics and policies throughout Europe. It will prove insightful for academics and researchers in the field, but it will also appeal to practitioners who are increasingly dealing with demographic challenges across a wide number of policy sectors in their daily affairs.
I would recommend this book to readers on its own merits as providing a solid and insightful analysis of ageing policies across a range of countries.
– Social Policy and Administration‘

This innovative book provides insightful analyses and critique of policy ideas and practices regarding the challenges and opportunities facing ageing European societies. Through pertinent case study examples, it elucidates the ideological and institutional factors that underlie policy responses in different European societies. It demonstrates the pivotal role of ideas and of international organisations in shaping the policy and practice landscape, and driving through key policy reforms in Europe. This edited book provides an invaluable resource for policy-makers, researchers and scholars interested in ageing, policy and the political process.’
– Sara Arber, University of Surrey UK
Contributors: M. Doyle, Z. Drożdżak, R. Ervik, L. Foster, I. Helgøy, N. Kildal, G. Lamura, T.S. Lindén, M.G. Melchiorre, E. Nilssen, J. Perek-Białas, A. Principi, A. Ruzik-Sierdzinska, C. Schiller, V. Timonen, K. Turek, A. Walker
Contents:

Preface

1. Introducing Ageing Policy: Challenges, Ideas and Responses in Europe
Rune Ervik and Tord Skogedal Lindén

2. Active Ageing: Rhetoric, Theory and Practice
Alan Walker and Liam Foster

3. Ageing Policy Ideas in the Field of Health and Long-term Care. Comparing the EU, the OECD and the WHO
Nanna Kildal and Even Nilssen

4. Powerless Observers? Policy-makers’ Views on the Inclusion of Older People’s Interest Organizations in the Ageing Policy Process in Ireland
Martha Doyle and Virpi Timonen

5. Pension Policy Recommendations of Governmental Commissions in Norway, Denmark, Germany and the UK
Tord Skogedal Lindén

6. Did the Transition to a Market Economy and EU Membership have an Impact on Active Ageing Policy in Poland?
Anna Ruzik-Sierdzińska, Jolanta Perek-Białas and Konrad Turek

7. Catching up with the Pioneers – Germany’s New Activation Compromise
Christof Schiller

8. Policy Paradigms and Ideological Frames in British and Norwegian Ageing Policy Processes
Rune Ervik and Ingrid Helgøy

9. Ageing and Long-term Care in Poland and Italy: A Comparative Analysis
Zuzanna Drożdżak, Maria Gabriella Melchiorre, Jolanta Perek-Białas, Andrea Principi and Giovanni Lamura

10. Strategies to Meet Long-term Care Needs in Norway, the UK and Germany: A Changing Mix of Institutional Responsibility
Rune Ervik, Ingrid Helgøy and Tord Skogedal Lindén

11. The Making of Ageing Policy: Framing, Conceptual Ambiguities and National Policy Developments
Rune Ervik and Tord Skogedal Lindén

Index