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LSE academic awarded Best New Publication by the Social Policy Association

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Professor John Macnicol, a visiting professor at the Social Policy Department of LSE, has been awarded the Social Policy Association's prize for Best New Publication in 2006-07 for his book Age Discrimination: an historical and contemporary analysis.

John Macnicol was awarded the prize this week (Tuesday 24 July) at the Social Policy Association's annual conference. The award is made annually to the author of a book, book chapter or article that that has made a significant contribution to the discipline of Social Policy.

Age discrimination has once again become an important social and political issue in Britain. Legislation to make age discrimination in employment illegal was introduced in October 2006, against a background of concerns over the need to extend working lives and meet the challenges of an ageing population in the future.

The book traces the history of the age discrimination debate in both Britain and the USA since the 1930s and critically examines the assumptions behind the current debate. The concepts of ageism in social relations and attitudes and age discrimination in employment are thoroughly analysed, followed by two case-studies - generational equity and health care rationing by age - and the current British government's action against age discrimination in employment.

Four chapters examine the history of the debate on health status and old age, addressing the question of whether working capacity has improved such as to justify calls for citizens to work later in life. Finally, two chapters trace the origins of the USA's 1967 Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and its subsequent working.

John Macnicol said: 'I am most grateful for the excellent research support provided by LSE's Department of Social Policy while I was working on the final stages of the book and preparing it for publication.'

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Contact: Jessica Winterstein, LSE Press Office, on 020 7955 7060 or email j.winterstein@lse.ac.uk| 

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Age Discrimination: an historical and contemporary analysis is published by Cambridge University Press. Click here to order the book from the publishers.|

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John Macnicol, a visiting professor at the social policy department at LSE, has been awarded the Social Policy Association's prize for best new publication in 2006-07 for his book Age Discrimination: an historical and contemporary analysis.

25 July 2007

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