Ageing, Ageism and the Law
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Ageing, Ageism and the Law

European Perspectives on the Rights of Older Persons

Edited by Israel Doron and Nena Georgantzi

Europe is ageing. However, in many European countries, and in almost all fields of life, older persons experience discrimination, social exclusion, and negative stereotypes that portray them as different or a burden to society. This pivotal book is the first of its kind, providing a rich and diverse analysis of the inter-relationships between ageing, ageism and law within Europe.
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Chapter 7: The European Social Charter and the rights of older persons

Benny Spanier and Israel (Issi) Doron


In this chapter we examine the socio-legal status of older persons in the Council of Europe Member States, as reported by the States themselves. This examination is made possible by the European Social Charter (Revised) (ESC) and by the European Committee of Social Rights, which supervises the reports of the States’ compliance with the Charter. The Committee is appointed to examine application of the ESC and appraises the way in which the States operate. The same Committee also examines complaints lodged against those States by non-governmental organizations (NGOs). This chapter presents an innovative quantitative empirical analysis of the Committee’s decisions regarding older persons and provides some insights into ageism and the social construction of older persons under the ESC.

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