Volunteerism and Social Capital in Policy Implementation: Evidence from the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program

Journal of Aging and Social Policy, Vol. 14, No. 3/4, pp. 61-73, 2003

Posted: 4 Jun 2005

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Andrew B. Whitford

University of Georgia - Department of Public Administration and Policy

Abstract

We assess the link between a program's volunteer support and state social capital in the case of the joint implementation of the federal Long-Term Care (LTC) Ombudsman Program by state and federal authorities. This program, which is designed to prevent elder abuse and ensure quality care in long-term facilities, is implemented at the state and local levels and relies heavily on volunteer staff. First, we find that volunteerism is vital to the efficacy of the program's monitoring and investigative functions. Second, we find that volunteerism in this program is tied to broader level conditions of a state's social capital. Last, we discuss the implications of our findings for volunteer-based programs devolved to the states.

Keywords: Volunteerism, long term care, political ideology

JEL Classification: H11, H40, H77, I31, L33

Suggested Citation

Whitford, Andrew B., Volunteerism and Social Capital in Policy Implementation: Evidence from the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program. Journal of Aging and Social Policy, Vol. 14, No. 3/4, pp. 61-73, 2003, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=734505

Andrew B. Whitford (Contact Author)

University of Georgia - Department of Public Administration and Policy ( email )

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United States
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