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Welfare Reform on the Web (January 2010): Care of the elderly - overseas

Ageing in Southeast and East Asia: family, social protection and policy challenges

L. Hock Guan (editor)

Singapore: Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, 2008

Southeast and East Asian countries are undergoing varying stages of population ageing. The social, economic and political implications of population ageing will be enormous, and because of the fast speed of ageing in the region, the countries cannot afford the luxury of time for the gradual evolution of social and structural support systems and networks for the older population. The essays in this volume critically examine national ageing policies and programmes, the sustainability of existing pension systems, housing and living arrangements, inter-generational transfer, and aspects of quality of life of the elderly population. While the findings show that most Southeast Asian countries have started to formulate and implement national ageing policies, they also indicate that the existing policies are by and large inadequate and underdeveloped in serving the needs of the older population and indeed much more must be done to prepare for the future.

Hybrid inclusion: the new consumerism of Danish welfare services

H. Hojlund

Journal of European Social Policy, vol. 19, 2009, p. 421-431

In the present welfare society, citizens interact both with various subsystems and with the welfare network as a whole. People are required to act as rational and well-informed consumers of services, to voice their preferences and to exercise choice. People are allowed, and indeed expected, to act as responsible co-decisionmakers and to exercise high degrees of self-determination. At the same time, people face different demands and are required to assume different roles and adapt to the differing expectations of the subsystems within the welfare network. Faced with these differing demands, citizens may find systems incoherent and lacking continuity, even when they are heavily involved in decision making. These issues are explored through a case study of the Danish system for care of older people.

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