Extending working life: problems and prospects for social and public policy

Chris Phillipson

in Social Policy Review 18

Published by Policy Press

Published in print June 2006 | ISBN: 9781861348449
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303459 | DOI:
Extending working life: problems and prospects for social and public policy

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This chapter makes a general review of the pertinent issues and prospects for social and public policy on age and employment. It provides some insights from a detailed review for the Department for Work and Pensions. It outlines the current issues around work and retirement, then considers the many social policy initiatives that have acted as drivers to the removal or ‘exit’ and ‘pull’ factors. It details how social policy, particularly, since 1997, has been encouraging and promoting the exact opposite, the extension to working life. The chapter presents these trends by unambiguously documenting the growing body of work on this area. It suggests that the 20th century marked out a period in which the traditional notion of retirement became the norm.

Keywords: social policy; public policy; age and employment; Department for Work and Pensions; work and retirement; exit and pull factors; working life

Chapter.  10726 words. 

Subjects: Social Research and Statistics

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