Ageing Matters: European Policy Lessons From The East by J.F. Doling, Dr. Tony Maltby, Professor Catherine

By J.F. Doling, Dr. Tony Maltby, Professor Catherine Jones-Finer, John Doling, Tony, Dr Maltby, Catherine, Professor Jones Finer

The implications of inhabitants growing older have lengthy involved politicians, coverage makers and governmental and non-governmental businesses within the welfare states of Europe. even if, an getting old team is more and more a question of shock for the built and fast-developing nations of Asia. Japan leads the sphere during this appreciate because of the rate of its postwar financial improvement. however the little tigers of Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea and Taiwan are poised to trap up, and Malaysia, even though within the moment tier of constructing Asian economics, faces the chance of inhabitants getting old enough to daunt an as but under-prepared infrastructure for previous age support.

This publication is the 1st to check intimately the studies and customers of inhabitants growing older in these Asian nations with the top GDP consistent with capita. The authors pose the query to what quantity Asia and 'old Europe' can research from one another by way of coverage making plans. the 1st component of the booklet units out the sector by way of the demographic features and coverage predicaments of eu and Asian international locations. the second one part provides case-studies of six international locations: Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan and Malaysia.

The e-book will tremendously curiosity teachers, postgraduates and pros in gerontology, social coverage, comparative social coverage, public coverage, political economic system, sociology, social paintings and social security.

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This trend is particularly pronounced in the Chinese sections of the population, considerably less so in the Malay. Nevertheless, overall it looks set to continue. 3 by 2005 (Malaysia 2001). To be sure, these shifts are also partly a function of choices made by one generation or another to live separately. Even by 1991 about 60 per cent of households were living as nuclear families with only 25 per cent living as extended families (Ong Fon Sim 2002). In many cases this decision has been tied to migration decisions, particularly those linked to the search for the rewards of industrial jobs.

As Walker and Maltby (1997) indicate, this should be seen as a result of the triumph of successive social policy since 1948 (or earlier) and not, as many would have it, a cause of some anxiety and distress, although it is recognized that social policy may have not overcome all the challenges presently being faced by a worldwide ageing population. The key reasons for an improvement include enhanced general living standards, improvements in public health, the existence of general social security systems including pensions, and more generally the development of various models of welfare state.

22 Ageing Matters Pensions and Social Policy in the EU Among the first countries in the world to have social security for older people were Germany and the UK. Throughout the second half of the twentieth century European, especially western European, countries, built up fairly comprehensive systems of old-age pensions, health services, unemployment benefit and other social provisions. By the 1990s a large proportion of older and retired people in the region as a whole enjoyed a broadly adequate material standard of living.

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