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An older Congress tends to support more policies that benefit older Americans

Haydon, Matthew R. and Curry, James M. (2018) An older Congress tends to support more policies that benefit older Americans. USApp - American Politics and Policy Blog (11 Jun 2018). Website.

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While experience can be an important part of being an effective politician, the average age of a US senator is 62; for the House it is 58. In new work, Matthew R. Haydon and James M. Curry look at why it matters if Congress is older than the rest of the country. Examining over 13,000 Congressional bills, they find that older lawmakers tend to introduce more bills that benefit older Americans, but get less media coverage, such as those concerning continuing education, elder abuse, and nursing home regulation. They warn that the attention given to these policies may potentially be at the cost of addressing issues with more importance to younger Americans.

Item Type: Online resource (Website)
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Additional Information: © 2018 The Authors
Divisions: IGA: United States Centre
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
J Political Science > JK Political institutions (United States)
Date Deposited: 22 Nov 2018 17:16
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 06:12

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