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Older people’s interest organisations and collective action in Ireland
Author: Martha Doyle

The politics of old age in the twenty-first century is contentious, encompassing ideological debates about how old age is conceptualised and the rights and welfare entitlements of individuals in later life. Synthesising key theoretical writings in political science, social/critical gerontology and cultural sociology, the book provides an insight into the complexity of older people’s identity politics, its relationship with age-based social policy and how the power of older people’s interest organisations, their legitimacy and existence remain highly contingent on government policy design, political opportunity structures and the prevailing cultural and socio-economic milieu. The book situates the discussion in the international context and outlines findings of an Irish case study which explores the evolution of older people’s interest organisation in Ireland from their inception in the mid-1990s to the end of the first decade of the twenty-first century. The book is essential reading for policymakers and organisations interested in ageing, policy and the political process and for students of ageing, social policy and political sociology.

Martha Doyle

informative. For example, Ginn and Arber (1999) distinguish between: pensioner organisations, whose main priorities relate to national issues of pensions and health; associations of retired people, which are usually organisations of middle-class older people whose main focus is the welfare of older citizens and the social and employment opportunities available to them; and charities who advocate for older people and offer advice and local services. Additional categories of older people’s interest organisations include: ‘industry-based retirement associations’, whose

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into the institutional fabric of the socio-economic order and became institutionalised (Jenson and Mahon, 1993: 81; Padgett and Paterson, 1991: 195). There is ‘institutionalised’ support for the party in collective affiliation through the unions. These labour institutions produce a working class culture that incorporates housing, youth movements, tenants’ unions, and pensioner organisations

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