Journal of Public Management & Social Policy


This article focuses on the responsive management of municipal leadership by identifying organizational and community values that affect age friendly policy making. The data comes from a sample of 1050 cities extracted from a national list of cities identified as place geography on the U.S. census list of geographies. The web-based questionnaire explored policy choices of 331 respondents in the areas of mobility, housing, the built environment, and public service delivery administered between May and August 2016. The institutionalization of the needs of an aging population in city management principles results in high levels of age friendly policy action by cities. Public advocacy on aging issues enhances the impact on local policy-making. Safeguarding of public interest through city management suggests municipalities may adjust procedurally to respond to the needs of an aging population. Public managers may find opportunities to facilitate increased policy action and services to support a growing older adult population. There are implications for older people to age in place when their community lacks municipal leadership on aging in place policies and older people have limited voice on aging issues.



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