As the Baby Boomer generation ages, the number of senior citizens as a proportion of the overall electorate is going to reach record numbers. This fact prompted Brittany Bramlett to ask: When senior citizens make up a large proportion of the local population, are they politically more powerful, or are they perhaps more powerless?
In Senior Power or Senior Peril, Bramlett examines the assertions that the increasing number of older adult-concentrated communities across the United States form a growing bloc of senior power that will influence the redistribution of particularized welfare benefits to older adults at the expense of younger people. However, others suggest that political influence declines with old age. Bramlett uses interviews and on-site research at various senior communities to explore what qualities make an aged community politically unique, and the impact of the local aged context on residents' political knowledge, safety-net policy attitudes, efficacy, and political activity.
This path-breaking book identifies the political behaviors, attitudes, and political consciousness of both older and younger residents as it recounts the perceived and actual political power of seniors.
In the series The Social Logic of Politics, edited by Scott McClurg
About the Author
Brittany H. Bramlett is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Albright College.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgments1 Introduction2 Aged Communities3 What Makes an Aged Community?4 Conserving Political Knowledge5 Unconventional Attitudes6 Powerful or Powerless?7 Participation or Retreatism?8 ConclusionAppendix: Supplemental Tables for Chapters 4, 5, and 6NotesReferencesIndex