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Politiques de vieillissement actif en Republique tcheque et an Pologne

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Original title:Politiques de vieillissement actif en Republique tcheque et an Pologne
Title in English:Active ageing policies in Czech Republic and Poland
Authors:Lucie Vidovićová, Jolanta Perek-Bialas, Anna Ruzick
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Citation:VIDOVIĆOVÁ, Lucie, Jolanta PEREK-BIALAS a Anna RUZICK. Politiques de vieillissement actif en Republique tcheque et an Pologne. International social science journal, [Oxford]: Blackwell Publishers, 2009, roč. 58, č. 190. ISSN 0020-8701.Export BibTeX
author = {Vidovićová, Lucie and PerekandBialas, Jolanta and Ruzick, Anna},
article_location = {[Oxford]},
article_number = {190},
keywords = {acitve ageing; policy; Czech republic; Poland},
language = {fre},
issn = {0020-8701},
journal = {International social science journal},
title = {Politiques de vieillissement actif en Republique tcheque et an Pologne},
volume = {58},
year = {2009}
Original language:French
Field:Political sciences
Type:Article in Periodical
Keywords:acitve ageing; policy; Czech republic; Poland

Le present article traite du "vieillissement actif"" en tant que politique et de sa signification au sein de differentes cultures. Nous nous penchons ici sur la Republique tcheque et la Pologne, deux anciens pays communists qui ont connu une transition economique et politique dans les annes 1990 et ont adhere a l'Union europeenne en 2004. Ces pays ont tous deux une demoraphie similaire, a savoir une population vieillissante, mais ils different assez largement par leur vision du vieillissement actif comme question d'action publique. La methode employee est une meta-analyse d'entretiens et de consultations avec des specialists. Les resultants montrent qu'l n'y a pas en Polgne de politique globale relative a la question du vieillissement actif et, en Republique tcheque, pas de vision systemique generale fondee sur les principles du vieillissement actif.

This article deals with active ageing as a policy concept and its meanings in different cultures. We describe the Czech Republic and Poland, formerly communist states that experienced economic and political transitions in the 1990s and joined the European Union in 2004. Both countries are demographically similar, with ageing populations, but their understanding of active ageing as a policy issue are quite different. The methodology used was a meta-analysis of expert interviews and consultations. The results show that there is no comprehensive policy towards active ageing in Poland and the Czech Republic does not have an overall systemic vision based on the principles of active ageing. The debate on activity in old age focuses on labour market employment activity, neglecting most of the issues of social services, care-giving or just plain leisure. The lack of institutional mechanisms, fiscal limitations, discriminatory socio-cultural perceptions and an unfavourable economic climate have all constituted barriers to implementing active ageing strategies in the period analysed. However, it seems that the problem has been noticed and that demographic changes and the attitudes of the elderly in the future could bring forth a more wide-ranging discussion on active ageing.

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