Gender perspectives on extended working life policies

Áine Ní Léime, Wendy Loretto

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This chapter documents international policy developments and provides a gender critique of retirement, employment and pension policies in Australia, Ireland, Germany, Portugal, Sweden, the UK, and the US. It assesses the degree to which the individual country's extended working life policies have adopted the agenda (increasing pension age and introducing flexible working) set out by the OECD and the EU. Policies include raising state pension age, changes in the duration of pension contribution requirements, the move from defined benefits to defined contribution pensions, policies on caring for vulnerable members of the population, policies enabling flexible working and anti-age discrimination measures. An expanded framework is used to assess the degree to which gender and other intersecting issues such as health, caring, class, type of occupation and/or membership of minority communities have (or have not) been taken into account in designing and implementing policies extending working life.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGender, Ageing and Extended Working Life
Subtitle of host publicationCross-National Perspectives
EditorsÁine Ní Léime, Debra Street, Sarah Vickerstaff, Clary Krekula, Wendy Loretto
PublisherPolicy Press
Number of pages23
ISBN (Electronic)9781447325154, 9781447325147
ISBN (Print)9781447325116, 9781447325130, 9781447325123
Publication statusPublished - 5 Jul 2017

Publication series

NameAgeing in a Global Context
PublisherPolicy Press


  • extended working life
  • policy analysis
  • pensions policy
  • gender
  • employment policy
  • caring


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