Governance strategies to an ageing society: Local role in multi level processes

Cristina Barbosa, Paulo Feio, Ana Fernandes, Mats Thorslund

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Demographic ageing marks strategic orientations and public policies. It’s a challenge to societies, public and private institutions and Welfare State. The goal of this study is to understand the local
governance strategies to an ageing population and the role of the
local in multilevel governance processes. A qualitative methodology
it was followed that supports analysis and understanding of both
local ageing policies. The samples are case studies of two contexts,
Portugal and Sweden, respectively city councils of Lisbon and
Nacka, where stakeholders were interviewed. Different concepts
and visions influence local ageing policies. Vertical coordination is
easier to follow in Portugal, but without concrete laws, and in
Sweden, horizontal coordination is emphasized between providers
and municipalities. Local public intervention in ageing seeks
renewed actions and this study allows to conclude that a perfect
local policy doesn’t exist. However in many aspects, can be
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4-18
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Comparative Politics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2016


  • Organization for Economic Cooperation & Development
  • United Nations Population
  • Fund
  • Innovations
  • Society
  • Public policy
  • Public administration
  • Older people
  • Aging
  • Population
  • politics
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Cooperation
  • Power
  • Men's Health
  • Sweden
  • Portugal


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