L’invecchiamento delle forze di lavoro quale sfida per gli active welfare regimes europei

Translated title of the contribution: [Autom. eng. transl.] The aging of the workforce as a challenge for European active welfare regimes

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Abstract

[Autom. eng. transl.] The aging of the population is at the center of the interest of the European Union which, since the 1990s, has recommended that member countries reform their welfare systems from the perspective of active aging. Moreover, the risk of financial unsustainability of welfare systems, together with the common recognition that seniors constitute a resource for the economy and society, have favored a concept of active aging linked to professional integration. In this context, most European countries have undertaken reform paths inspired by the activation paradigm, which intends to overcome a passive and compensatory vision of the welfare state, in favor of an active and promotional one. We therefore speak of an Active welfare state, that is, of a state that invests in the ability of citizens to participate actively in the life of their communities and, at the same time, makes them responsible by making access to welfare services conditional on meeting certain conditions. The hypothesis of the research work presented in the volume and tested on five countries (Finland, France, Italy, Poland, United Kingdom) is that the activation of older workers can act as a test bed for the Active welfare state and at the time itself to be a fruitful perspective from which to compare the specificities of national strategies, also within the framework of European guidelines leading to convergence. The purpose of the work is twofold. On the one hand, to investigate the activation policies related to seniors, focusing on the integration between active labor, training and pension policies. On the other hand, to reflect on the conditions under which the Active welfare state can represent an adequate response to the challenges faced by European welfare systems.
Translated title of the contribution[Autom. eng. transl.] The aging of the workforce as a challenge for European active welfare regimes
Original languageItalian
PublisherFrancoAngeli
Number of pages174
ISBN (Print)978-88-917-6985-5
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Keywords

  • active ageing
  • invecchiamento attivo
  • labour policies
  • lavoratori maturi
  • older workers
  • politiche del lavoro
  • welfare state

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