Encyclopedia of Gerontology and Population Aging

Living Edition
| Editors: Danan Gu, Matthew E. Dupre

Leadership, Politics, and Ageism

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-69892-2_600-1



Ageism involves the negative attitudes towards, stereotyping of, and discrimination against older people (Levy 2016; Levy and Macdonald 2016).


By the year 2030, 72 million Americans will be over the age of 65 and account for 20% of the US population (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 2013). Aside from older adults representing a larger portion of the total population, they are also living longer and thus staying in the workforce longer. As such, the representativeness and prevalence of older adults in positions of leadership in domains such as business and politics is an important area of study.

Research demonstrates that older persons are evaluated more negatively than younger persons and these negative attitudes are expressed by individuals across the age continuum (Nelson 2016). As the population of older adults continues to grow and as many societies worldwide remain...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.College of Arts and LettersStevens Institute of TechnologyHobokenUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyStony Brook UniversityStony BrookUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Sheri R. Levy
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyStony Brook UniversityStony BrookUSA