Ages, Generations and the Social Contract

The Demographic Challenges Facing the Welfare State

  • Jacques Véron
  • Sophie Pennec
  • Jacques Légaré

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-13
  2. Changing Background of Intergenerational Relationships

  3. Generations, Social Contract and Labour Force Participation: Theoretical and Empirical Issues

  4. Family and Relationships Between Generations

  5. Redistribution and Intergenerational Equity

  6. Social Time

  7. Back Matter

About this book


Our societies are ageing. The Family is changing. Labour force behaviour is evolving. How is the organisation of family and collective solidarity adapting in this context of longer life spans, low fertility, and work that is simultaneously scarce and abundant?

The welfare states are currently facing three main challenges: ensure satisfactory living conditions for the elderly without increasing the cost burden on the active population, reduce social inequality, and maintain equity between successive generations. In this book, researchers from different countries compare their experiences and offer contrasting views on the future of social protection. They consider the theoretical aspects of the intergenerational debate, relations between generations within the family, the living standards of elderly people, and the question of social time.


Ageing Demographic Change Demographic Changes Evolution Generation Organisation Presse fertility interaction population poverty social inequality welfare welfare state

Authors and affiliations

  • Jacques Véron
    • 1
  • Sophie Pennec
    • 2
  • Jacques Légaré
    • 3
  1. 1.Institut National d’Etudes DémographiquesParisFrance
  2. 2.Institut National d’Etudes DémographiquesParisFrance
  3. 3.Université de MontréalCanada

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