Government and the Life Course

  • Lutz Leisering
Part of the Handbooks of Sociology and Social Research book series (HSSR)


All government policies affect the lives of citizens in some direct or indirect way. Despite the pervasiveness of the influence, relatively little attention has been given to the manner in which government impinges on the individual life course. This article aims to show that exploring the relationship between government and life course provides a seminal perspective both for the study of the life course and for welfare state analysis, especially with regard to cross-national comparison. “A thorough examination of the state and its policies may provide further insights into the ways in which age and the life course are treated in a society” [59].


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  • Lutz Leisering
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  1. 1.Department of SociologyUniversity of BielefeldBielefeldGermany

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