Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Data in SocietyChallenging Statistics in an Age of Globalisation$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Jeff Evans, Sally Ruane, and Humphrey Southall

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781447348214

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447348214.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM POLICY PRESS SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.policypress.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Policy Press, 2022. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in PPSO for personal use.date: 07 July 2022

The Generation Game: ending the phoney information war between young and old

The Generation Game: ending the phoney information war between young and old

(p.291) 22 The Generation Game: ending the phoney information war between young and old
Data in Society

Jay Ginn

Neil Duncan-Jordan

Policy Press

A recurring theme in right wing thinking is that older people are a burden on the young, absorbing an unfair share of national resources, including spending on state pensions, benefits, NHS and social care. This perspective is presented as a zero-sum game, in which generations must compete for scarce resources, their interests being in conflict. In contrast, others say that pensioners have by no means escaped the impact of austerity policies and that life expectancy has flatlined. In this chapter, we examine these views and the statistical evidence used to support them. We conclude that it is essential to distinguish both inter-cohort differences in the lifecourse, as well as intra-cohort inequalities of income, wealth and life chances that are associated with gender, class and ethnicity; that all generations need a secure income in retirement and sufficient health and social care; that older people’s past and current contributions to society are substantial but often invisible; and that intergenerational solidarity through families and social institutions promotes the welfare of all ages.

Keywords:   Intergenerational-solidarity, ageing, pensions, health, inequality

Policy Press Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.