By J.F. Doling, Dr. Tony Maltby, Professor Catherine Jones-Finer, John Doling, Tony, Dr Maltby, Catherine, Professor Jones Finer
The implications of inhabitants getting old have lengthy involved politicians, coverage makers and governmental and non-governmental firms within the welfare states of Europe. despite the fact that, an getting older staff is more and more a question of outrage for the constructed and fast-developing nations of Asia. Japan leads the sector during this admire because of the rate of its postwar fiscal 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 possibility of inhabitants getting older enough to daunt an as but under-prepared infrastructure for previous age support.
This publication is the 1st to check intimately the stories and customers of inhabitants getting older in these Asian nations with the top GDP according to capita. The authors pose the query to what volume Asia and 'old Europe' can study from one another by way of coverage making plans. the 1st element of the publication units out the sphere by way of the demographic features and coverage predicaments of eu and Asian international locations. the second one part offers case-studies of six international locations: Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan and Malaysia.
The booklet will tremendously curiosity lecturers, postgraduates and execs in gerontology, social coverage, comparative social coverage, public coverage, political economic system, sociology, social paintings and social security.
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And allow for gradual retirement. AGE welcomes the target enshrined in the Lisbon Strategy of increasing the EU-wide employment rate for older workers (55-64) to 50 per cent, and calls for a wide range of enabling measures to make this a reality. All the above are clearly eminently desirable aims, but to some may seem unachievable in the present economic climate. Nevertheless, they are stated as a desirable aim: as something worth campaigning for and working towards. This is particularly so because the current direction of social policy on pensions for older people tends to be resorting to private sector-directed solutions (Maltby 2001; Bonoli 2001) which have differential impacts and which tend to reflect and reproduce existing inequalities into old age.
It has been developed since then in an annual review process that has paralleled the overall objectives adopted by the EU as part of the Lisbon Strategy. At successive Spring Summits (the key annual discussion on the economic and social objectives), the EU governments adopted targets of a 70 per cent overall employment rate by 2010, 60 per cent employment for women, and 50 per cent for older workers (55-64). There are also interim targets to be reached by 2005. In 2002 the Spring Summit adopted an ambitious target of raising the average effective retirement age across the EU by five years by 2010.
9 Source: Statistics Department 1992, Malaysia. 5 3210 Source: Ong Fon Sim (2002). In addition, the anticipated rise in the older population as a proportion of the total is going to be a steep one, particularly within the Chinese and Indian communities. In absolute terms, between 2000 and 2020 the numbers are expected to more than double. In fact, this reflects a general tendency among the later-developing countries for their older populations to increase at a faster rate than has happened in the older developed nations.
Ageing Matters: European Policy Lessons From The East (Social Policy in Modern Asia) by J.F. Doling, Dr. Tony Maltby, Professor Catherine Jones-Finer, John Doling, Tony, Dr Maltby, Catherine, Professor Jones Finer