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Gray power, gray peril, or gray myth?: The political impact of the aging in local sunbelt politics

Social Science Quarterly

Author: Button, J., Rosenbaum, W.
Year: 1990
Type: Journal Article

Abstract:

Census data, supplemented by surveys & reported taxing & expenditures of local governments, are examined to estimate the "gray peril" effect, ie, the resistance of older persons to programs that do not benefit them & concomitant pressure to establish services for elderly. Findings show that the elderly have been responsible for an increase in property taxes collected, perhaps by adding to the tax base, & have reduced educational, health, & hospital expenditures; also, these impacts are stabilizing. The number of American Association of Retired Persons chapters is statistically significant, implying that organization among the elderly, not their presence or increased numbers alone, gives them influence in county budgeting. Reasons advanced for the lack of evidence of gray peril in Florida include the increased number of younger, healthier, wealthier retirees. The expected 42% increase of persons age 74+ in the 1990s may cause greater demand for services to the elderly.

Further Details

Pages 25-38
Volume 71
Issue 1
Accession Number 27.3.03
Research Notes electronic copy added 16/08/2013
Keywords North AmericaolderPolicy

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