The New Politics of Old Age Policy / Edition 2

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Overview

As the average age of the U.S. population continues to increase, age-related policies have come under intense scrutiny, sparking heated debates. In the past, older people were seen as a frail, dependent population, but major policies enacted or expanded on their behalf have made them major players in electoral and interest-group politics. This thoroughly revised and updated edition of Robert B. Hudson’s The New Politics of Old Age Policy not only explains the politics behind the country’s age-based programs and describes how those programs work but also assesses how well—or poorly—they meet the growing and changing needs of older Americans.

Essays by leading experts in political science, sociology, law, social work, and gerontology address, among other things, theoretical approaches to age-based policy; population dynamics and the impact of growing diversity within the older population; and national, state, and local issues associated with major age-based programs. More than any other source, this book presents the most current information on growing older in the United States, including in-depth analyses of Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, housing initiatives, the Older Americans Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and tax policy.

Detailed new chapters focus on financial security and retirement in the context of the Great Recession, diversity and inequality in aging populations, and implications of the Affordable Care Act. Scholars, students, and policymakers will appreciate the volume’s timely overview of the evolution of aging policy.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Editorial Reviews

Journal of Long Term Home Health Care
The New Politics of Old Age Policy should interest students of sociology and social work as well as their mentors. There is a wealth of references at each chapter's end, and Robert Hudson's introduction sets the scene admirably.

— Marion Malakoff

Ageing and Society

This is an excellent book for those who specialize in American social policy.

Canadian Journal on Aging

The volume will be a useful introduction to the contemporary policy.

Family Caregiver Alliance

The contributing authors do an excellent job of dissecting and illuminating the many policy options involved in current national debates. The book is a valuable resource for students and professionals in the field.

Journal of Long Term Home Health Care - Marion Malakoff

The New Politics of Old Age Policy should interest students of sociology and social work as well as their mentors. There is a wealth of references at each chapter's end, and Robert Hudson's introduction sets the scene admirably.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801894916
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 7/1/2010
  • Edition description: second edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 392
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert B. Hudson is a professor of social policy at Boston University and the editor of The Future of Age-Based Public Policy, also published by Johns Hopkins.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Table of Contents

1 Contemporary challenges to age-based policy 1
2 A normative defense of universal age-based public policy 23
3 What justice requires : a normative foundation for U.S. pension reform 42
4 Decreasing welfare, increasing old age inequality : whose responsibility is it? 65
5 Social Security and the paradoxes of welfare state conservatism 90
6 When old age begins : implications for health, work, and retirement 109
7 Minority workers and pathways to retirement 129
8 The oldest old and a long-lived society : challenges for public policy 157
9 Reframing Social Security : cures worse than the disease 183
10 Sustaining Medicare as an age-related program 205
11 The politics of aging within Medicaid 219
12 The changing face of senior housing 244
13 The contemporary politics of old age policies 265
14 Using local tax levies to fund programs for older people : good politics and good policy? 294
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