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Retirement is being 'reconstructed', with the UK following the US path of abolishing mandatory retirement and increasing state pension ages. This timely book assesses prospects for work and retirement at age 65-plus in the UK and US.
Part 1 explores the shifting 'policy logics' in both countries that increase both the need and opportunities to work past age 65. Part 2 presents an original comparative statistical analysis on the wide range of factors influencing employment at this age. Part 3 proposes a series of policies across the life-course that would promote security and autonomy for older people.
Pathways to employment after 65 are complex and pressures to work at this age are likely to result in very unequal outcomes. This book is essential reading for researchers, students and practitioners interested in the late careers and the future of retirement.
Reconstructing Retirement: Work and Welfare in the UK and USA
Introduction: Reconstructing retirement;
Part One: The reconstruction of retirement policy;
Changing retirement incomes;
The changing regulation of work and retirement;
Part Two: Reconstructing employment and retirement behaviour;
Pathways to working at age 65+;
The capability to work at age 65+;
The choice to work at age 65+;
Part Three: Current paths and policy alternatives;
Current paths and policy alternatives;