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Citizenship and structured dependency: the implications of policy design for senior political power

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dc.contributor.author Carney, Gemma M. en
dc.date.accessioned 2011-07-29T15:19:10Z en
dc.date.available 2011-07-29T15:19:10Z en
dc.date.issued 2009 en
dc.identifier.citation Carney, G. M. (2009)"Citizenship and structured dependency: the implications of policy design for senior political power", Ageing and Society, 30:229-251 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10379/2102 en
dc.description.abstract This paper argues that the structured dependency thesis must be extended to incorporate political power. It outlines a political framework of analysis with which to identify who gains and who loses from social policy. I argue that public policy for older people is a product not only of social structures but also of political decision-making. The Schneider and Ingram (1993) 'target populations' model is used to investigate how the social construction of groups as dependent equates with lower levels of influence on policy making. In United Kingdom and European research, older people are identified as politically quiescent, but conversely in the United States seniors are viewed as one of the most influential and cohesive interest groups in the political culture. Why are American seniors perceived as politically powerful, while older people in Europe are viewed as dependent and politically weak? This paper applies the 'target populations' model to senior policy in the Republic of Ireland to investigate how theoretical work in the United States may be used to identify the significance of senior power in policy development. I conclude that research must recognise the connections between power, politics and social constructions to investigate how state policies can influence the likelihood that seniors will resist structured dependency using political means. en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Cambridge University Press en
dc.subject Political economy en
dc.subject Policy en
dc.subject Structured dependency en
dc.subject Political power en
dc.subject Social construction en
dc.subject Irish Centre for Social Gerontology en
dc.title Citizenship and structured dependency: the implications of policy design for senior political power en
dc.type Article en
dc.identifier.doi 10.1017/S0144686X09990110 en
dc.local.publishedsource http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0144686X09990110 en
dc.description.peer-reviewed peer-reviewed en

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