Promoting the Political Inclusion and Participation of Older People: Social, Psychological and Institutional Perspectives

  • Amílcar MoreiraEmail author
  • Mikkel Barslund


Building on an innovative analytical framework that acknowledges that political participation is influenced by individual, symbolic and institutional factors, Moreira and Barslund discuss a new set of insights on the factors that influence older people’s civic engagement, namely, the decrease in participation in later life does not signify a withdrawal from public life, but instead reflects the disengagement of employment-related organisations as individuals retire; print media plays a role in the (re)producing norms about how seniors should behave in society; perceived violations of these norms strengthen negative stereotypes of seniors; seniors are mostly involved at the decision-making level of policy-making, and mostly on a consultative basis—involvement in decisions concerning the implementation of services is rare.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Social SciencesUniversity of LisbonLisbonPortugal
  2. 2.Centre for European Policy StudiesBrusselsBelgium

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