Guest editorial

Gemma M. Carney*, Nick Acheson, Tom Scharf

*Corresponding author for this work

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Researchers increasingly emphasise the significance of voluntary action in providing goods, services and opportunities for civic engagement in the face of global financial insecurity (Alcock, 2010; Rochester, 2013). The two research articles and policy review included in this thematic section begin to explore some of the research questions and policy issues posed for voluntary action by one of today’s grand societal challenges – the ageing of the world’s populations. The articles draw on evidence from three different countries, paying particular attention to current neoliberal approaches to austerity. Each of the theme’s key terms – ageing populations, voluntary action, austerity and intersections – warrants a few words of introduction.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)157-159
JournalVoluntary Sector Review
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 01 Jul 2014


  • ageing
  • volunteering
  • voluntary sector
  • international
  • civic participation
  • politics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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