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Gender, Ageing and Extended Working LifeCross-National Perspectives$
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Áine Ní Léime, Debra Street, Sarah Vickerstaff, Clary Krekula, and Wendy Loretto

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781447325116

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447325116.001.0001

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Extended working lives in Germany from a gender and life-course perspective: a country in policy transition

Extended working lives in Germany from a gender and life-course perspective: a country in policy transition

Chapter:
(p.99) Five Extended working lives in Germany from a gender and life-course perspective: a country in policy transition
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Gender, Ageing and Extended Working Life
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Anna Hokema

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447325116.003.0005

Many policy areas of the German welfare state that are important for understanding the gendered implications of extended working lives have been reformed over the years-not only employment and pensions, but also child and long-term care. The country has been perceived as successful in especially turning a pronounced early retirement culture around. In this chapter a feminist political economy of ageing and life course perspective is applied, which shows a more differentiated picture, one that does not show a success story for all. Especially women and lower qualified person work part-time in later stages of their career or leave the labour market before state pension age, which is disadvantageous in social insurance countries, such as Germany. It is expected that old age incomes will become more polarised and old age poverty will grow.

Keywords:   Germany, extended working lives, gender pension reforms, life course policies, reconciling long-term care and employment

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