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The Fourth Pillar and the UK: Flexibility, Risk and the Deinstitutionalization of the Life Course
Geneva Papers on Risk and Insurance: Issues and Practice (2005)
  • Patrick Ring, Glasgow Caledonian University
Abstract

This paper critically examines the concept of flexibility within the context of demographic ageing and the fourth pillar approach. Using the U.K. as an example, it addresses some of the key strands of policy debate and highlights the importance of the concept of choice. By placing the discussion in the context of the theoretical debate urrounding risk and the deinstitutionalization of the life course, it suggests that policy solutions related to demographic ageing which address the concept of flexibility need to look beyond later years to address the whole of the life course.

Publication Date
2005
Citation Information
Patrick Ring. "The Fourth Pillar and the UK: Flexibility, Risk and the Deinstitutionalization of the Life Course" Geneva Papers on Risk and Insurance: Issues and Practice Vol. 30 Iss. 4 (2005)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/patrickjohnring/6/