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    • May 1999
    • 9780231112857
  • 256 Pages

  • Paperback
  • $36.00
  • / £25.00

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    • May 1999
    • 9780231112840
  • 256 Pages

  • Hardcover
  • $105.00
  • / £72.50

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The Generational Equity Debate

Edited by John B. Williamson, Diane M. Watts-Roy and Eric R. Kingston

As the ranks of the elderly continue to swell and their social welfare becomes a complex and contentious policy issue, how will the United States balance the conflicting demographic and economic demands of providing for its older citizens--especially in light of the anticipated economic burden of the baby boom generation's impending retirement? These problems place the destiny of Social Security and health care at the epicenter of political discussion and debate, making a balanced perspective on these issues essential--particularly as the lives of millions of future Americans will be affected. The Generational Equity Debate offers social workers, policy analysts, political scientists, and sociologists, as well as general readers concerned about the fate of the elderly, a complete range of viewpoints on this vital subject.

About the Author

John B. Williamson is professor of sociology at Boston College, and has written extensively in the areas of aging policy and politics. He is the author or coauthor of fifteen books, including Aging and Public Policy and The Politics of Aging.Diane M. Watts-Roy, former director of the Alzheimer's Respite Program in LaGrange, Kentucky, is currently a doctoral student in sociology at Boston College.Eric R. Kingson, a professor of social work at Syracuse University, is the author or coauthor of five books on the economic, social, and political consequences of population aging.

"This book should be required reading for Generation X'ers who worry that Social Security won't 'be there' when they retire--and for politicians and financiers who worry that we can't afford an aging society. It gives both sides of the argument in a factual, rational presentation for policymakers engaged in restructuring Social Security for the 21st century." — Vern L. Bengtson, author of The Changing Contract Across Generations

"The authors are to be commended for providing a framework that helps all of us understand the complex issues surrounding what are often politicized debates about how best to respond to an aging society. This book makes an invaluable contribution and gives all sides an honest, fair, and open forum to explain their positions." — Fernando Torres-Gil, Director, UCLA Center for Policy Research on Aging

About the Author

John B. Williamson is professor of sociology at Boston College, and has written extensively in the areas of aging policy and politics. He is the author or coauthor of fifteen books, including Aging and Public Policy and The Politics of Aging.Diane M. Watts-Roy, former director of the Alzheimer's Respite Program in LaGrange, Kentucky, is currently a doctoral student in sociology at Boston College.Eric R. Kingson, a professor of social work at Syracuse University, is the author or coauthor of five books on the economic, social, and political consequences of population aging.

Part I Introduction
1 Framing the Generational Equity Debate, by John B. Williamson and Diane Watts-Roy
Part II The Generational Equity Frame
2 How Will America Pay for the Retirement of the Baby Boom Generation?, by Peter G. Peterson
3 Generational Equity and the Birth of a Revolutionary Class, by Lester C. Thurow
4 Generational Justice and Generational Accounting, by Jagadeesh Gokhale and Laurence J. Kotlikoff
5 Care for the Elderly: What About Our Children?, by Richard D. Lamm
6 Age-Based Rationing of Medical Care, by Daniel Callahan
Part III The Generational Interdependence Frame
7 America Can Afford to Grow Old, by Alicia H. Munnell
8 Social Security and the Myth of the Entitlement "Crisis", by Jill Quadagno
9 Scapegoating the Old: Intergenerational Equity and Age-Based Health Care Rationing, by Robert H. Binstock
10 Social Security and the Politics of Generational Conflict, by Theodore Marmor, Fay Lomax Cook, and Stephen Scher
11 Why Privatizing Social Security is a Bad Idea, by Eric R. Kingson and John B. Williamson
Part IV Voices from Generation X
12 Third Millennium Declaration
Third Millennium
13 Agenda 2000
2030 Center

About the Author

John B. Williamson is professor of sociology at Boston College, and has written extensively in the areas of aging policy and politics. He is the author or coauthor of fifteen books, including Aging and Public Policy and The Politics of Aging.Diane M. Watts-Roy, former director of the Alzheimer's Respite Program in LaGrange, Kentucky, is currently a doctoral student in sociology at Boston College.Eric R. Kingson, a professor of social work at Syracuse University, is the author or coauthor of five books on the economic, social, and political consequences of population aging.

About the Author

John B. Williamson is professor of sociology at Boston College, and has written extensively in the areas of aging policy and politics. He is the author or coauthor of fifteen books, including Aging and Public Policy and The Politics of Aging.Diane M. Watts-Roy, former director of the Alzheimer's Respite Program in LaGrange, Kentucky, is currently a doctoral student in sociology at Boston College.Eric R. Kingson, a professor of social work at Syracuse University, is the author or coauthor of five books on the economic, social, and political consequences of population aging.

About the Author

John B. Williamson is professor of sociology at Boston College, and has written extensively in the areas of aging policy and politics. He is the author or coauthor of fifteen books, including Aging and Public Policy and The Politics of Aging.Diane M. Watts-Roy, former director of the Alzheimer's Respite Program in LaGrange, Kentucky, is currently a doctoral student in sociology at Boston College.Eric R. Kingson, a professor of social work at Syracuse University, is the author or coauthor of five books on the economic, social, and political consequences of population aging.

About the Author

John B. Williamson is professor of sociology at Boston College, and has written extensively in the areas of aging policy and politics. He is the author or coauthor of fifteen books, including Aging and Public Policy and The Politics of Aging.Diane M. Watts-Roy, former director of the Alzheimer's Respite Program in LaGrange, Kentucky, is currently a doctoral student in sociology at Boston College.Eric R. Kingson, a professor of social work at Syracuse University, is the author or coauthor of five books on the economic, social, and political consequences of population aging.