Dot’s Reading Room: How Age Diversity in a Presidential Cabinet could Affect Policies and Programs

Jan. 30, 2021—President Joe Biden says his top appointments were purposely chosen “to look like America.” Will his mix of ages have an impact on policies and programs?

Marcy Ory, Texas A&M University, a scholar of how age is viewed in society, poses this question in a current issue of The Conversation.

Her article, “How Age Diversity in a Presidential Cabinet could Affect Policies and Programs,“ looks at the age diversity of top members of the new administration and asks how this matters. (And remember, at 78 Biden is the oldest American president.) She suggests that millennials and boomers advising Biden can look for common ground on climate change, student loan debt, health care, and other key issues.

But she cautions, “Age-based political theories are based on aggregate behaviors. They do not predict the political persuasions of an individual voter or political leader. After all, Sen. Bernie Sanders, at 79, is one of America’s most progressive senators.”

Here’s the link to the article:

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