The generational equity debate:A progressive framing of a conservative issue

Eric R. Kingson, John B. Williamson

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This article discusses the generational equity debate in the United States-including its origins and the functions it serves. This debate has emerged in the context of concerns over the aging of the population, budgetary crises, growing health care costs, increased poverty among children, growing economic inequality, and declining faith in institutions. By potentially fragmenting support for Social Security and other social programs, die generational equity approach to framing public policy issues may serve the interests of those conservatives wishing to shrink and restructure the American approach to social welfare. However, the possibility exists that this debate could serve also as a forum to advance progressive ideas about universal access for persons of all ages to income and health benefits and employment opportunities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)31-53
Number of pages23
JournalJournal of Aging and Social Policy
Issue number3
StatePublished - Dec 13 1993
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Demography
  • Gerontology
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies


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