What is a gerontocracy?
The government’s decision to increase National Insurance to pay for social care has led to suggestions that the UK is becoming a gerontocracy. However, the term ‘gerontocracy’ refers to who is in charge, and whether the structures of power favour older rulers, not who benefits most from government decisions. It is a form of rule in which leaders are significantly older than the majority of the adult population. Boris Johnson’s cabinet is younger than many that went before, with an average age of 49. The average age of MPs is 50.