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Active ageing: Voluntary work by older people in Europe

Andrea Principi, Per H. Jensen, and Giovanni Lamura


‘Active ageing’ has become a key phrase in discourses about challenges and remedies for demographic ageing and the enrolment of older adults into voluntary work is an important dimension of it. The pattern and factors conditioning volunteering among older people has so far been an under-researched topic in Europe and this is the first book to study volunteering among older people comparatively and comprehensively. In this topical book older people's volunteering is studied comparatively in eight European countries representing different kinds of welfare regimes, at the structural, macro, meso ... More

Keywords: active ageing, European comparison, welfare regimes, voluntary work, older volunteers, voluntary organisations

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9781447307204
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2015 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447307204.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andrea Principi, editor
National Institute of Health & Science on Ageing

Per H. Jensen, editor
Centre for Comparative Welfare Studies

Giovanni Lamura, editor
Italian National Institute of Health and Science on Ageing

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Part I Realising Volunteering by Older People in Europe: An Overarching Approach

TWO Volunteering in Older Age: A Conceptual and Analytical Framework

Per H. Jensen, Giovanni Lamura and Andrea Principi

Part II Opportunities and Restrictions for Older Volunteers: National Experiences

THREE Older Volunteers in Italy: An Underestimated Phenomenon?

Andrea Principi, Carlos Chiatti and Giovanni Lamura

FIVE Older Volunteers in Germany: Opportunities and Restrictions in the Welfare Mix

Paula Aleksandrowicz, Doris Bockermann and Frerich Frerichs

SIX Older Volunteers in England: Towards Greater Flexibility and Inclusiveness?

Robert Lindley, Beate Baldauf, Sheila Galloway and Yuxin Li

Part III Opportunities and Restrictions for Older Volunteers: Case Studies in European Voluntary Organisations

Part IV Conclusions

Fourteen Conclusions: Enhancing Volunteering by Older People in Europe

Andrea Principi, Giovanni Lamura and Per H. Jensen

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