Age Groups and Generations: Lines of Conflict and Potentials for Integration

  • Martin KohliEmail author
Conference paper


The “rush hour” of life may be regarded as a manifestation of cleavages between age groups or generations. Cleavages inherent in social structure create the potential for conflicts; whether and to what extent these conflicts manifest themselves openly depends on the mobilisation of the actors on both sides of the rift. However, there are also links which reach across the cleavages. In our societies marked by demographic discontinuity, we heavily depend on these links in order to maintain societal integration. They are created by a range of institutions, above all, political institutions such as parties and unions on the one hand and families on the other. The potential for generational integration is threatened, though, by the current changes in social structure and the welfare state. This chapter will treat both the cleavages and the potentials for their integration.


Welfare State Welfare Regime Pension Reform Financial Transfer Generational Cleavage 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.European University InstituteFlorenceItaly

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