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Reconstructing RetirementWork and Welfare in the UK and USA$
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David Lain

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781447326175

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447326175.001.0001

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Current paths and policy alternatives

Current paths and policy alternatives

(p.159) Seven Current paths and policy alternatives
Reconstructing Retirement

David Lain

Policy Press

The concluding chapter summarises current paths towards a reconstruction of retirement and discusses policy alternatives to arrive at more equitable employment/retirement outcomes for older people. The reconstruction of retirement is not simply the result of a weak or inactive ‘liberal’ state. As the analysis in Part One shows, the state has played an active role in attempting to reconstruct retirement through the promotion of employment beyond age 65. The state will necessarily have an active role in seeking to reconstruct retirement; what is required, however, are ‘life-course’ policies that positively support opportunities for the employment and retirement of people when they reach older age. A range of policies are therefore proposed across the life course that would increase the financial security of older people and enhance individual autonomy over retirement and employment decisions. This would help bring about a new policy logic of ‘self-determination’, rather than self-reliance.

Keywords:   employment beyond age 65, retirement, life-course policies, financial security, individual autonomy, self-determination

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