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Active ageingVoluntary work by older people in Europe$
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Andrea Principi, Per H. Jensen, and Giovanni Lamura

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781447307204

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447307204.001.0001

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Older volunteers in France: recognising their social utility in a less and less corporatist welfare state

Older volunteers in France: recognising their social utility in a less and less corporatist welfare state

Chapter:
(p.149) SEVEN Older volunteers in France: recognising their social utility in a less and less corporatist welfare state
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Active ageing
Author(s):

Marielle Poussou-Plesse

Elena Mascova

Mélissa Petit

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447307204.003.0007

This chapter examines the volunteering of older people in France in a context of an evolving welfare state and non profit sector. It explains why public policies aiming at promoting the active ageing have not led more baby-boomers to become involved in volunteer work. Poor public recognition of social utility of senior volunteering and its possible causes are discussed in this chapter in a historical perspective linking employment and retirement policies developments. It concludes by pointing out alternative ways to address the gap between public policies focusing on a productive utility of volunteering, organisational challenges that non profits are facing, and the real nature of volunteers' commitment to non-profits.

Keywords:   France, non-profit sector, social utility, active ageing, corporatist welfare state, organisational challenges

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