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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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Volunteering in Older Age: A Conceptual and Analytical Framework

Volunteering in Older Age: A Conceptual and Analytical Framework

(p.21) TWO Volunteering in Older Age: A Conceptual and Analytical Framework
Active ageing

Per H. Jensen

Giovanni Lamura

Andrea Principi

Policy Press

The chapter unfolds the overall theoretical framework of the book. Based on an overview of the existing literature, discussion focuses on how volunteering at the micro level depends on individual motivations and dispositions. At the meso level, it outlines how the structure of voluntary organizations structures the demand for volunteers and how the interactions between major institutions in society (the welfare mix) have an impact on the opportunity structure of volunteers. At the macro level, the discussion focuses on how policies may impede or encourage growth in voluntary work opportunities for seniors, while it is argued at the structural or welfare regime level how cultural values and belief systems help determine volunteering among older people.

Keywords:   motivations, older people, welfare mix, policies, welfare regimes

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