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The British debate on age discrimination [abstract: the Gerontological Society of America 53rd Annual Scientific Meeting November 17–21, 2000 Washington, DC]

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The last ten years haw witnessed a growing debate on age discrimination in Britain. against a background of fal1ing economic activity rates among men aged over 50. A variety of policy proposals have been suggested by bodies such as the Employers Forum on Age and Age Concern ranging from anti-discrimination legislation to codes of good employment practice. The Labour Government has rejected anti-discrimination legislation in favour of a code, backed up by measures to change public opinion. This paper will explore some Of the dilemmas and contradictions of the current British debate, in which the complexities of age discrimination are beginning to be appreciated. The 'social justice' case (protecting the rights of older workers) will be contrasted with the economic and labour market imperatives that relate to the Government's wider macro-economic strategy. The likely success of current policy proposals will be evaluated.

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http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/41667/

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