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
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
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