ERIC Number: EJ897661
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Oct
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From Compassionate Ageism to Intergenerational Conflict?
Binstock, Robert H.
Gerontologist, v50 n5 p574-585 Oct 2010
During the 50 years in which "The Gerontologist" has been publishing, the politics of aging in the United States has undergone distinct changes. The political behavior of older individuals has remained largely the same even though different birth cohorts have succeeded each other in populating the ranks of older people. But the politics of policies on aging--the organized interest and advocacy groups active in this arena, the tenor of public discourse about older people as beneficiaries of policies on aging, the national political agendas regarding public old-age benefits, and the broader U.S. political economy--have changed substantially over these five decades. Now, in the contexts of the aging of the baby boom and concerns about reducing large federal fiscal deficits (annual and cumulative), the politics of U.S. policies on aging may change considerably from those of yesterday and today. Is there a possibility of future intergenerational political conflict over taxes and expenditures for the major old-age benefit programs? If so, what might prevent or mitigate it?
Descriptors: Conflict, Baby Boomers, Intergenerational Programs, Older Adults, Age Differences, Age Groups, Gerontology, Aging (Individuals)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Identifiers - Location: United States