“Aging society”, which means a society composed of an increasing proportion of elderly people, is a common phenomenon all over the globe. Particularly in countries and regions where some degrees of industrialisation have taken place, “aging” has been a powerful factor that is reshaping the industrial landscape. With this demographic change, welfare provisions tend to increase, and manufacturing and service sectors generally go through qualitative changes.
A pertinent question to ask is what will our future industrial landscape be like in the “aging” contexts based on what we have observed in different contexts so far. Different countries have taken diverse positions reflecting their specific contexts. Not only European countries, but also Japanese society has typically shown a dramatic change over the last thirty years, which will be followed by other countries.
Countries and industries have shown similarities and differences in their responses to aging and its effects on economy and industry. In order to distill meaningful insights for the future, this special issue will focus on how countries, industry and society have reacted to these economic and industrial changes.
Suitable topics include but are not limited to:
- Macro data-based analysis of society or industry responses to aging, and their consequences
- A country- or industry-specific (or better, a comparative) case studies on how societies and industries have responded to aging and industrial change, noting consequences and potential implications for other countries and industries
- A policy-oriented analysis of a country or countries to explain or describe industrial changes in the aging contexts
Any paper in any of these three tracks may draw on ideas from the other tracks, and in every case it would be desirable to describe the dynamics of change and implications.
Deadline for manuscript submission: 10 March, 2014
Notification of authors: 1 June, 2014
Deadline for revisions for accepted papers: 1 August, 2014