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Welfare Reform on the Web (March 2005): Care of the Elderly - Overseas

SOCIAL EXCLUSION AND INSECURITY AMONG OLDER EUROPEANS: THE INFLUENCE OF WELFARE REGIMES

J. Ogg

Ageing and Society, vol.25, 2005, p.69-90

Paper explores social exclusion among older Europeans from 10 different countries with three types of welfare regime:

  • Nordic;
  • Mediterranean;
  • Post-Socialist.

Data from the first round of the new European Social Survey were used to explore indicators of social exclusion. Results show that people living in highly developed welfare states suffer less social exclusion in old age. However, more developed welfare regimes appear to deal less well with the effects of separation and divorce. The Mediterranean welfare regimes show distinctive signs of stress, suggesting that they have not succeeded in replacing weakened family ties. In all countries, a higher level of education appears to reduce the risk of exclusion in old age.

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