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Rethinking Risk and Ageing: Extending Working Lives

Rethinking Risk and Ageing: Extending Working Lives This paper critically examines the development of recent policy and theoretical issues concerning the ‘extension of working lives’ for older people in the United Kingdom. It grounds its analysis in ideas from the ‘risk society’ thesis (Beck, 1992) to explore how the matrix of population ageing, job and pension changes impinge on the shifting emphasis on increasing the retirement age, coupled with individualising pensions from state provision to a focus on self-responsibility via private provision. This neo-liberal re-positioning of extending work and pension policy has implications for the management of risk for older people in the UK. The paper explores the impact of population ageing on government ideas associated with social policy relating to extending working lives. It concludes with an assessment on the lessons policy makers and social policy analysts can learn from such shifts and the impact on the social construction of age. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Social Policy and Society Cambridge University Press

Rethinking Risk and Ageing: Extending Working Lives

Social Policy and Society , Volume 15 (4): 9 – Jul 4, 2016

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Publisher
Cambridge University Press
Copyright
Copyright © Cambridge University Press 2016 
ISSN
1475-3073
eISSN
1474-7464
DOI
10.1017/S1474746416000270
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Abstract

This paper critically examines the development of recent policy and theoretical issues concerning the ‘extension of working lives’ for older people in the United Kingdom. It grounds its analysis in ideas from the ‘risk society’ thesis (Beck, 1992) to explore how the matrix of population ageing, job and pension changes impinge on the shifting emphasis on increasing the retirement age, coupled with individualising pensions from state provision to a focus on self-responsibility via private provision. This neo-liberal re-positioning of extending work and pension policy has implications for the management of risk for older people in the UK. The paper explores the impact of population ageing on government ideas associated with social policy relating to extending working lives. It concludes with an assessment on the lessons policy makers and social policy analysts can learn from such shifts and the impact on the social construction of age.

Journal

Social Policy and SocietyCambridge University Press

Published: Jul 4, 2016

Keywords: ageing; employment; risk; pensions and social policy

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