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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.

Contributors: Robert Applebaum, Ph.D., Miami University; Robert H. Binstock, Ph.D., Case Western Reserve University; Alan Burnett, M.A., Area Agency on Aging, Ohio; Chenoa A. Flippen, Ph.D., Duke University; Judith G. Gonyea, Ph.D., Boston University School of Social Work; Colleen M. Grogan, Ph.D., University of Chicago; Madonna Harrington Meyer, Ph.D., Syracuse University; Pamela Herd, Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin; Martha B. Holstein, Ph.D., consultant, Chicago; Eric R. Kingson, Ph.D., Syracuse University; Marc Molea, M.H.A., Ohio Department of Aging; Marilyn Moon, Ph.D., American Institutes for Research; John Myles, Ph.D., University of Toronto; Christy M. Nishita, University of Southern California; Angela M. O'Rand, Ph.D., Duke University; Jon Pynoos, Ph.D., University of Southern California; Sarah Poff Roman, M.G.S., Miami University; Steven M. Teles, Ph.D., Brandeis University.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801880759
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/2005
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 328
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert B. Hudson is professor and chair of the Department of Social Welfare Policy, Boston University School of Social Work. He is editor of The Future of Age-Based Public Policy, also available from Johns Hopkins.

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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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