Barriers to older people’s participation in local governance: the impact of diversity

Petriwskyj, A. M., Serrat, R., Warburton, J., Everingham, J. and Cuthill, M. (2017) Barriers to older people’s participation in local governance: the impact of diversity. Educational Gerontology, 43 5: 259-275. doi:10.1080/03601277.2017.1293391

Author Petriwskyj, A. M.
Serrat, R.
Warburton, J.
Everingham, J.
Cuthill, M.
Title Barriers to older people’s participation in local governance: the impact of diversity
Journal name Educational Gerontology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1521-0472
Publication date 2017-05-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/03601277.2017.1293391
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 43
Issue 5
Start page 259
End page 275
Total pages 17
Place of publication Philadelphia, PA, United States
Publisher Routledge
Language eng
Abstract Creating opportunities for inclusive participation by older people in local governance is made more complex by their diversity, which can shape who participates, in what ways, and how effectively. The existing research, however, largely focuses on the impact of socio-demographic characteristics or of individual barriers on participation, without considering how interactions between these may shape pathways to participation among older people. This quantitative study explored the relationships between participation by older people, barriers to participation, and socio-demographic characteristics. The results indicate that socio-demographic diversity impacts on the importance attributed to barriers as well as the strength and direction of their relationships with participation. The findings problematize the dominant approaches to understanding barriers to and patterns in participation. A more sophisticated understanding of inclusive governance in ageing communities needs to consider the iterative and interactional nature of pathways to participation in the context of the complexity of the “older population.”
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