This provocative book considers the changing status of older workers, the evolution of public policy on age and work and the behaviour of employers. It attempts to answer the critical question: in an ageing society, can older workers look forward to the prospect of longer working lives with choice and security and make successful transitions to retirement?
Ageing Labour Forces challenges the current stance of many governments and observers concerning policies to extend working lives. It utilises perspectives and case studies from public policy, employment policy and the attitudes and behaviour of older people. Philip Taylor argues that older workers have been at the forefront of industrialized society's efforts to respond to the crisis facing social welfare systems and the economic threats associated with population ageing. Their involvement has forced the restructuring of economies, adjustments to social welfare systems as well as redefinitions to the actual concept of old age.
Containing contributions from leading researchers in a number of countries, this work will appeal to academics and researchers interested in work, ageing and public policy as well as labour economics.
Edited by Philip Taylor, Federation University Australia
Contents: Introduction: The Promise of Ageing Labour Forces Philip Taylor 1. Looking Forward to Working Longer in Australia Sol Encel 2. Japan: Towards Employment Extension for Older Workers Masato Oka 3. Work and Retirement in Canada: Policies and Prospects Julie McMullin, Martin Cooke and Terri Tomchick 4. Sing if you're Glad to be Grey. Working Towards a Happier Older Age in the United Kingdom Philip Taylor 5. Age and Work in the United States of America Sara Rix 6. Labour Market Policies Regarding Older Workers in the Netherlands Kene Henkens and Joop Schippers 7. Pulling up the Early Retirement Anchor in France Anne-Marie Guillemard and Annie Jolivet 8. Active Ageing in Employment - Prospects and Policy Approaches in Germany Frerich Frerichs and Gerhard Naegele 9. Conclusions: The Propsects for Ageing Labour Forces Philip Taylor Index