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
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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