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Challenges of Aging

Pensions, Retirement and Generational Justice

  • Cornelius Torp

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Demographic Aging as a Challenge to Modern Societies

  3. The Multiple Facets of Population Aging

  4. Pension Systems under Pressure

  5. Retirement and the Changing Images of Old Age

  6. The Problem of Generational Justice

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 289-295

About this book


Population ageing is among the most important developments of our time. This book explores the profound challenges faced by an aging world. Leading experts from diverse disciplines describe the fundamental impact demographic aging has on pension systems, on the concepts of retirement and old age, and on the balance of generational justice.


Ageing demography population pensions pension reform retirement old age generational justice generational equity health aging Aging societies Baby Boom Baby boomers Generation Habitus innovation Institution politics

Editors and affiliations

  • Cornelius Torp
    • 1
  1. 1.University of AugsburgGermany

About the editors

Cornelius Torp is Professor of Modern History at the University of Augsburg, Germany. Previously, he has been Marie Curie Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy, and Research Fellow at the Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies, Germany.

Bibliographic information


“Challenges of Aging: Pensions, Retirement, and Generational Justice addresses challenges facing older people and challenges that may be, at least in part, created by older people. … Challenges of Aging is a timely contribution to the aging policy literature by reason of both the strength of contributions and the volume’s clear organization.” (Robert B. Hudson, The Gerontologist, Vol. 57 (3), 2017)

“‘Challenges of Aging’, when taken as a whole, offers some rather consistent messages across the three broad topics: pensions, retirement and generational justice. … There is just enough analysis … to satisfy the tastes of the quantatively-inclined reader. Yet, the book also provides relevant commentary on social policy history and political institutions and processes (e.g.,Weaver’s chapter on policy feedbacks). This makes the book easily accessible to a diverse but relatively general audience.” (Laurel Hixon, Journal of Population Ageing, Vol. 9, 2016)