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Mainstreaming Ageing
Indicators to Monitor Sustainable Progress and Policies

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ISBN 9780754673613
Published December 10, 2007 by Routledge
864 Pages

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Book Description

The Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing (MIPAA), adopted at the Second World Assembly on Ageing, is the first international agreement that specifically recognises the potential of older people to contribute to the development of their societies. In monitoring its implementation two key approaches are evident: a qualitative bottom-up participatory approach and an approach that uses quantitative indicators to monitor sustainable progress and policies. With the European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research, playing a pivotal role in the monitoring of the implementation process, one of its key tasks has been to develop a list of 'indicators of achievement'. This book contains extended and revised versions of policy briefs and background papers that support the implementation monitoring process. The analyses included in these chapters make concrete suggestions towards quantitative indicators, with the aim of assisting national governments in mainstreaming ageing in their policies. The contributors provide an overview of the current situation with respect to population ageing and its consequences and also provide projections for the future. The book also includes the final list of quantitative indicators that arose out of consultations with international experts, related to the four main topics addressed: demography, income and wealth, labour market participation, and social protection and financial sustainability.

Table of Contents

Contents: Introduction, Bernd Marin and Asghar Zaidi. Part I Changing Demographic Contexts: Facing the 21st century. New developments, continuing problems, David Coleman. Part II Income and Wealth: Internationally comparative indicators of material well-being in an age specific perspective, Michael Förster, Mattia Makovec and Michael Fuchs; Trends in income development, poverty and pension distribution among the older population: new evidence, Michael Förster; Elderly poverty in a larger Europe, Asghar Zaidi, Mattia Makovec, Barbara Lipszyc, Michael Fuchs, Orsolya Lelkes and Klaas de Vos; Welfare indicators of income experience during old age - evidence from the United Kingdom, Asghar Zaidi, Katherine Rake and Jane Falkingham; A multi-indicator model of 'dippy' incomes in retirement, Richard Rose; The long-term adequacy of pensions: EU measures and first results, Olivier Bontout. Part III Quality of Life: Key issues in the conceptualisation and analysis of older people's quality of life in ageing societies, Asghar Zaidi; Monitoring the quality of life in the elderly in European societies - a social indicators approach, Heinz-Herbert Noll; Life satisfaction over the life-cycle, Orsolya Lelkes; Healthy life expectancy in the UN-European region, Jean-Marie Robine. Part IV Labour Market and Early retirement: Employment and social protection indicators for the UNECE region, Christina Behrendt and Mariangels Fortuny; Social security and extending working life: policy challenges and responses, Roland Sigg; Preventing early exit from the labour market indicators, Bert de Vroom; Public pension program provisions: induced retirement and program cost, David Wise; Transition from work to retirement in EU countries, Asghar Zaidi, Mattia Makovec and Michael Fuchs. Part V Sustainable Social Security: Sustainability indicators for effective policy-making: a framework and empirical evidence from the United Kingdom, David Stanton; Sustainable old-age security core indicators, A

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Bernd Marin is Executive Director of the European Centre, Vienna. Asghar Zaidi is the Director of Research at the European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research, Vienna, Austria.


This book has contributions that many readers will find useful. They highlight the gaps in klnowledge required to achieve the United Nations' goals and make useful suggestions. The book illustrated the need to mainstream ageing in policy-making...' Ageing and Society