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New Paradigms in Public Policy$
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Peter Taylor-Gooby

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780197264935

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197264935.001.0001

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Demographic futures

Demographic futures

Addressing inequality and diversity among older people

(p.139) 6 Demographic futures
New Paradigms in Public Policy

Pat Thane

British Academy

This chapter examines debates about future demographic patterns. It shows that the case for immediate cutbacks in spending and for the restructuring of pensions, health, and social care to defuse a presumed ‘demographic time-bomb’ is not compelling. The chapter then considers alternative demographic scenarios and sets out some guidelines for policies for coping with future demographic change, recognising the contributions that older citizens can make to society.

Keywords:   demographic change, public policy, pensions, social services, healthcare, older citizens

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