chapter  5
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Sense-making of Welfare Markets for Old-Age

This chapter constitutes the empirical body of this book. It presents major fi ndings of an encompassing press review conducted to fi nd out which patterns of public sense-making go alongside the proliferation of welfare markets in old-age provision. The fi rst section sets out the methods applied for the empirical investigation and discusses their limitations. The second section provides a structured account of the public debate in the four countries under study, focusing on comments from journalists, experts, and collective actors with a stake, or an interest, in pension and care provision. The fi nal section proceeds to a comparative synopsis and a theoretical interpretation of the compiled communications, in order to develop a synthesis of what can be termed the new moral economy of old-age provision.