Young v. Old: Generational Combat in the 21st Century / Edition 1

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'We wouldn't risk alienation over hair styles. We wouldn't quibble about music tastes. There's no draft and no Vietnam to inject patriotism into family debates.' Young v. Old provides a wealth of information and an astute appraisal of the political implications of a forceful trend in American politics the aging of the populace.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Census Bureau statistics confirm the changing age profile of the nation, and no amount of Grecian Formula can alter the fact that the population is graying. For a look at where that trend will take the country, MacManus focuses on Florida, which, she says, is what America will look like in the year 2000. Floridians are engaged in intergenerational warfare that will soon sweep the country, a battle of the kids against the ``wrinklies''mainly over social issues. The old want Medicare, gun control and school prayer, and less spending on education, the environment, welfare, AIDS; the young want the opposite, as well as taxes on Social Security. If Florida is a bellwether, young people will continue to see and resent the shrinking potential of the economy, and it hardly helps to see the lifestyle of the ``woopies,'' the Well-Off Older People. But the young had better become more politically involved if they want to fight the gray peril. Old people register to vote at a rate 23% higher than the young, contribute to PACs and retire and run for public office; they are also living longer (in 1990, there were 35,800 people 100 or older). In her thorough study, MacManus makes a plea for education to forestall the us-against-them scenario, pointing out that unless cross-generational understanding becomes a priority, age politics could make for an ugly future. (Dec.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813317595
  • Publisher: Westview Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/1995
  • Series: Transforming American Politics Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Lexile: 1530L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.04 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Meet the Author

Susan A. MacManus is professor government and public ad ministration at the University of South Florida. She is speaks frequently on NPR.

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Table of Contents

List of Tables and Figures
List of Acronyms
1 The Nation's Changing Age Profile: What Does It Mean? 3
2 Using the Ballot Box: Registering and Voting 29
3 Activism in Political Parties and Election Campaigns 61
4 Individual and Group Activism: From Writing Letters to Running for Office 111
5 Taxing and Spending Preferences: Different Generational Priorities? 149
6 Domestic and Foreign Policy: Generational Outlooks and Preferences 186
7 How Wide the Generational Divide? Changes over Time 237
Notes 257
About the Book and Author 294
Index 295
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