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Department of Political Science

Welfare systems and senior citizens

Western societies undergo demographic changes that potentially challenge the welfare state. In the CCWS the causes and effects of early retirement has been a high priority areas. Some of the central research questions are why seniors choose to leave the labour market before reaching the age of retirement and what are the consequences are from a citizenship perceptive. CCWS has collected unique large national surveys among early retired and pensions (1999 and 2007). The ageing society both interacts with pension schemes and service production. The latter is epically in Nordic welfare state where is has been a state responsibility to provide care for elder citizens. One of the central questions is how the elderly care service production can be organized.

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