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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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Conclusions: Enhancing Volunteering by Older People in Europe

Conclusions: Enhancing Volunteering by Older People in Europe

(p.315) Fourteen Conclusions: Enhancing Volunteering by Older People in Europe
Active ageing

Andrea Principi

Giovanni Lamura

Per H. Jensen

Policy Press

This chapter sheds light on two main aspects of volunteering in older age. The first one is the comparative explanation of volunteering in older age in Europe, in terms of size and composition. According to the conceptual framework employed in the book, this comparison is done in the light of five main elements: (1) older volunteers' individual characteristics and predispositions (micro level); (2) voluntary organisations (meso level), (3) the interaction and division of tasks between welfare producing institutions (that is, the welfare mix); (4) governmental policies about volunteering (macro level); and (5) the specific welfare regime. The second aspect, concerns the understanding of how volunteering of older people can be enhanced in Europe. To give an answer to this question, based on the previous European comparison, the main policy challenges to enhance volunteering in older age in Europe have been identified at a country level.

Keywords:   comparative explanation, conceptual framework, older volunteers, voluntary organisations, welfare mix, welfare regime, policy challenges, volunteering in older age

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