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29 Jan 16

The Young and the Elderly at Risk. Individual Outcomes and Contemporary Policy Challenges in European Societies.

Authors: SALAGEAN Ioana, LOMOS Catalina, HARTUNG Anne.

Abstract: The current retrenchment of the welfare states is buffering the growing demographic and economic pressures in European countries at the expense of the young and the elderly, and particular subgroups with intersecting high-risk characteristics. However, both investing in the young, which determines a society’s future, and providing public support for the elderly, the most deserving needy group, are seen as musts. This book encompasses selective studies addressing policies and institutional settings, individual outcomes and attitudes towards governmental responsibilities. Focusing on the young in its first part, the present book reveals the contribution of ethnic and social capital to educational outcomes, and the role of national and European policies in the transition from school to work, the duration of unemployment and the minimum income dependency of Europe’s youth. The second part of the book focuses on the elderly and discusses intersections with gender and ethnicity in old-age poverty, pension outcomes of mobile (cross-border) workers, the impact of the recent social security reforms and the possible outcomes of including financial assets and housing wealth in old-age income protection. The final chapters address the potential erosion of the solidarity towards the young and the elderly as a challenge for the European welfare states.

Reference: SALAGEAN Ioana, LOMOS Catalina, HARTUNG Anne. The Young and the Elderly at Risk. Individual Outcomes and Contemporary Policy Challenges in European Societies. Éditions Intersentia, 2015, coll. Social Europe Series, vol 34, 258 p.

Keywords:
young at risk,
elderly at risk,
social policies,
social protection,
European welfare states

Linked publications
MACKONYTE Greta, LOMOS Catalina, VAN OORSCHOT Wim.
Baltic Journal of Political Science, 2014, n°3, pp. 27-49 - (Ed. january 2015)