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This examination of the history, development, activities, successes, and limitations of the largest membership organization in the country will be of interest to anyone who belongs to or is curious about this sometimes-controversial group.
AARP is one of Washington's most influential interest groups, but just who does it represent? To some, it represents the narrow special interests of older Americans who already consume more than their share of government benefits. To others, its advocacy encompasses everyone, including those with elderly parents and grandparents—and those who will comprise the older generations of the future.
The most comprehensive volume ever written about AARP, the book begins with a chapter on the organization's history, going back to its founding in 1958 and its roots in the National Retired Teachers Association, established in 1947. Readers will learn about AARP's membership and chapter activities, including how it grew to be the largest membership organization in the country. Perhaps even more engrossing is the book's investigation of the nature and extent of AARP's political influence and its positions and priorities as it struggles to represent a large and diverse constituency. Finally, the study discusses AARP's organizational model, which combines political advocacy, business, and charity, and probes the controversies arising from what AARP's critics charge are conflicts of interest.
- Examines AARP's growth from small service organization to a political powerhouse
- Scrutinizes the relationship between AARP's political activities and its commercial enterprises
- Explains how AARP has become a major player in Washington, even without a PAC for campaign contributions
- Explores AARP's moderating influence in an increasingly polarized political landscape, despite political attacks from both right and left
- Looks at the role of incentives and local chapters in recruiting and mobilizing the organization's massive membership base
- Provides an up-to-date account of AARP's political activities in the wake of its support for the Affordable Care Act