The New Politics of Old Age Policy / Edition 1

The New Politics of Old Age Policy / Edition 1

by Robert B. Hudson
     
 

As the aging population of the United States continues to increase, age-related policies have come under intense scrutiny and have sparked heated debates. Demographic, economic, and political trends have transformed the understanding of older people's role in America's public policy. The New Politics of Old Age Policy offers a variety of perspectives on these

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Overview

As the aging population of the United States continues to increase, age-related policies have come under intense scrutiny and have sparked heated debates. Demographic, economic, and political trends have transformed the understanding of older people's role in America's public policy. The New Politics of Old Age Policy offers a variety of perspectives on these policy issues particularly the relative merits of using chronological age to determine eligibility for government programs. The chapters address theoretical approaches to age-based policy; population dynamics and how growing diversity within the older population may affect these policies; issues surrounding major age-based programs such as Social Security and Medicare; and the national, state, and local political issues associated with these policies.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801880759
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
07/28/2005
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
328
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

1Contemporary challenges to age-based policy1
2A normative defense of universal age-based public policy23
3What justice requires : a normative foundation for U.S. pension reform42
4Decreasing welfare, increasing old age inequality : whose responsibility is it?65
5Social Security and the paradoxes of welfare state conservatism90
6When old age begins : implications for health, work, and retirement109
7Minority workers and pathways to retirement129
8The oldest old and a long-lived society : challenges for public policy157
9Reframing Social Security : cures worse than the disease183
10Sustaining Medicare as an age-related program205
11The politics of aging within Medicaid219
12The changing face of senior housing244
13The contemporary politics of old age policies265
14Using local tax levies to fund programs for older people : good politics and good policy?294

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