The Public Choice of Elder Abuse Law
ABSTRACT This interdisciplinary study finds that the way laws are written and treated by state regulators measurably affects bureaucratic performance: the care taken by legislatures and state agencies in developing domestic elder abuse law affects how lower-level bureaucrats investigate and reporte abuse. Perhaps more interesting, however, are two robust findings about state law making. Both legislator characteristics (here, being middle-aged or slightly older) and lobbying by seemingly the most important interest group (here, the American Association of Retired Persons [AARP]) sometimes have an unexpected effect. We surmise that these legislators and lobbyists find other issues both more politically attractive and more pressing since elder abuse is almost exclusively confined to the very old and helpless. However, the presence of state AARP lobbyists does predict more concern for the elderly at the administrative level. The difference between legislative and regulatory lobbying may thus reflect the differing public scrutiny given to the two.
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ABSTRACT: In Israel, as elsewhere, awareness of the problem of elder abuse and neglect has grown in recent years. This article traces the development of Israeli legislation dealing with elder abuse and neglect and analyzes that legislation from a developmental perspective. Four legislative generations can be discerned, the first of which is characterized by paternalistic social legislation. The second legislative generation is distinguished by efforts to adopt a punitive approach and make the reporting of abuse mandatory, while the third emphasizes the roles protection and treatment play in the context of domestic violence. The fourth legislative generation is in its early stages, but there are signs that legislators are now emphasizing the need to bolster education and provide information and expertise.Journal of Elder Abuse & Neglect 10/2004; 16(4-4):63-82. DOI:10.1300/J084v16n04_04
- Optometry - Journal of the American Optometric Association 10/2007; 78(9):439-45. DOI:10.1016/j.optm.2007.06.012 · 1.34 Impact Factor