POLITICAL PARTICIPATION AND ACTIVE AGEING

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Year-Number: 2017-11
Number of pages: 1648-1652
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Abstract

Active ageing is a multi-dimensional concept which has received a lot of attention within the last decade due to recent demographic ageing trends and increased share of older people within the whole population. Political participation falls under one of these dimensions as a contributing factor to active ageing process. Given the change in demographic structure, political engagement of older people is very likely to be on the rise all around the world, especially in the fast ageing countries. However, research gives insufficient attention to the nature and importance of political participation for older people and their positive contribution to active ageing process. To address this gap, this paper aims to point out the link between political participation and active ageing process. Regardless of the nature and content of political participation, this paper argues that, political engagement of older people contributes to the active ageing process through social inclusion, empowerment, and strengthening intergenerational ties.

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Abstract

Active ageing is a multi-dimensional concept which has received a lot of attention within the last decade due to recent demographic ageing trends and increased share of older people within the whole population. Political participation falls under one of these dimensions as a contributing factor to active ageing process. Given the change in demographic structure, political engagement of older people is very likely to be on the rise all around the world, especially in the fast ageing countries. However, research gives insufficient attention to the nature and importance of political participation for older people and their positive contribution to active ageing process. To address this gap, this paper aims to point out the link between political participation and active ageing process. Regardless of the nature and content of political participation, this paper argues that, political engagement of older people contributes to the active ageing process through social inclusion, empowerment, and strengthening intergenerational ties.

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