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Age Shock: How Finance is Failing Us
     

Age Shock: How Finance is Failing Us

by Robin Blackburn
 

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Most countries face the future with an ageing population, yet most governments are cutting back on pensions and the care services needed by the elderly. Robin Blackburn exposes the perverse reasoning and special interests which have combined to produce this nonsensical state of affairs. This updated paperback edition of Age Shock includes a new preface explaining

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Most countries face the future with an ageing population, yet most governments are cutting back on pensions and the care services needed by the elderly. Robin Blackburn exposes the perverse reasoning and special interests which have combined to produce this nonsensical state of affairs. This updated paperback edition of Age Shock includes a new preface explaining why the credit crunch and eurozone crisis have had such a devastating impact and outlining a way to guarantee decent pensions and care provision.

Editorial Reviews

New York Review of Books
“An impressive book ... Blackburn argues that the hard-won state systems and the private pensions that supplement them have come under threat.”
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“A serious and finely argued attack on contemporary market fundamentalism in a vivid phrasemaking style, which is even entertaining when it is not depressing you with the facts.”—The Guardian

“An ambitious recasting of pensions strategy for an aging society.”—Göran Therborn, New Left Review

“An impressive book ... Blackburn argues that the hard-won state systems and the private pensions that supplement them have come under threat.”—New York Review of Books

“Blackburn’s book is a serious and finely argued attack on contemporary market fundamentalism in a vivid phrasemaking style.”—Steven Poole, Guardian

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781844677658
Publisher:
Verso Books
Publication date:
01/02/2012
Pages:
328
Sales rank:
1,347,133
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.50(d)

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Robin Blackburn teaches at the New School in New York and the University of Essex in the UK. He is the author of many books, including The Making of New World Slavery, The Overthrow of Colonial Slavery, Age Shock, Banking on Death, and The American Crucible.

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