Government as Institutional Entrepreneur: Extending Working Life in the UK and Japan

Flynn, Mathew and Schröder, Heike and Higo, Masa and Yamada, Atsuhiro (2014) Government as Institutional Entrepreneur: Extending Working Life in the UK and Japan. Journal of Social Policy , 43 (3). pp. 535-553. ISSN 1469-7823

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Through the lens of Institutional Entrepreneurship, this paper discusses howgovernments use the levers of power afforded through business and welfare systems to affect change in the organisational management of older workers. It does so using national stakeholder interviews in two contrasting economies: the United Kingdom and Japan. Both governments have taken a "light-touch" approach to work and retirement. However, the highly institutionalised Japanese system affords the government greater leverage than that of the liberal UK system in changing employer practices at the workplace level.

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Additional Information: The interviewswere conducted as part of research funded by the British Council PMI2 Funding: Work and Retirement in the UK and Japan. The 2012 UK interviews were conducted as part of ESRC Bilateral Funding RES-000-22-4406 Age Diversity: Applying the Capabilities Approach to Career Development Across the Life Course.
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