AARP: America's Largest Interest Group and Its Impact

AARP: America's Largest Interest Group and Its Impact

by Christine L. Day


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This examination of the history, development, activities, successes, and limitations of the largest membership organization in the country will be of interest to anyone who belongs to or is curious about this sometimes-controversial group.

• Examines AARP's growth from small service organization to a political powerhouse

• Scrutinizes the relationship between AARP's political activities and its commercial enterprises

• Explains how AARP has become a major player in Washington, even without a PAC for campaign contributions

• Explores AARP's moderating influence in an increasingly polarized political landscape, despite political attacks from both right and left

• Looks at the role of incentives and local chapters in recruiting and mobilizing the organization's massive membership base

• Provides an up-to-date account of AARP's political activities in the wake of its support for the Affordable Care Act

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781440834103
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/19/2017
Series: American Interest Group Politics Series
Pages: 259
Sales rank: 708,052
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Christine L. Day, PhD, is professor of political science at the University of New Orleans.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Chapter 1 Introduction 1

Chapter 2 AARP's History: Growing Up and Branching Out 7

Chapter 3 AARP and Its Members: Maintaining America's Largest Interest Group 31

Chapter 4 A Pragmatic Voice and a Powerful Ally 65

Chapter 5 AARP's Influence: 38 Million Members, Washington Insider Status, and No Campaign Dollars 107

Chapter 6 Business, Advocacy, and Service: Conflict or Convergence? 147

Chapter 7 Conclusion 169

Notes 175

References 223

Index 247

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