Political Gerontology: Population Ageing and the State of the State
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Political gerontology reflects on the role of older people in the state. It considers older people in their roles as, for example, voters who shape the state in elections, and as welfare citizens who benefit from and contribute to welfare states. These roles differ between European countries, e.g. because of differences in welfare state provisions. Finally, this chapter discusses what possibilities governments have to encourage active ageing.
KeywordsWelfare State Senior Citizen Pension Scheme Pension Benefit European Government
I would like to thank Alan Walker, Daniel Béland, Lucie Vidovićová, and Marja Aartsen for their useful comments and suggestions concerning this chapter.
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