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The Politics of Old Age

Older People's Interest Organisations and Collective Action in Ireland

By (author) Martha Doyle
Format: Hardback
Publisher: Manchester University Press, Manchester, United Kingdom
Published: 30th Dec 2014
Dimensions: w 156mm h 234mm d 15mm
Weight: 340g
ISBN-10: 0719090474
ISBN-13: 9780719090479
Barcode No: 9780719090479
The politics of old age in the twenty first century is contentious, encompassing ideological debates about the rights and welfare entitlements of individuals in later life. An important aspect is the manner in which older people and their representative groups are given the opportunity to articulate their interests in the policy-making process. Drawing upon key literature in political science, social gerontology and cultural sociology, The politics of old age explores the relationship between ageing, politics and representation. It reveals the complexity of older people's representation and how the power the organisations exercise, their legitimacy and existence remain highly contingent on government policy design, political opportunity structures and the prevailing cultural and socioeconomic milieu. This book is essential reading for policymakers and organisations interested in ageing, policy and the political process and for students of ageing, social policy and political sociology. -- .

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