Journal article

An experimentalist approach to equality: a case study of retirement in the UK university sector

Alysia Blackham

Legal Studies | Cambridge University Press (CUP) | Published : 2019


Experimentalism is a theory of regulation in which change is achieved via a process of ‘directly deliberative polyarchy’ within an experimentalist architecture. This paper argues that experimentalism offers a normatively desirable model for legal interventions relating to the ageing workforce, and age equality law in particular, and offers new insights into existing UK scholarship on reflexive law. Drawing on qualitative and quantitative data from UK universities, this article considers the extent to which reforms to retirement ages have promoted a form of experimentalism among UK universities. This paper offers concrete suggestions and reforms for how an experimentalist framework could be a..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This research was funded by a Research Activities Fund Grant from the Society of Legal Scholars, and a Research Grant from the Socio-Legal Studies Association Grants Scheme. The author gratefully acknowledges the comments of Professor Kirsty Gover on an earlier version of this paper.