Skip to main content Accessibility help
×
Home
Hostname: page-component-568f69f84b-2wqtr Total loading time: 0.202 Render date: 2021-09-22T22:03:33.391Z Has data issue: true Feature Flags: { "shouldUseShareProductTool": true, "shouldUseHypothesis": true, "isUnsiloEnabled": true, "metricsAbstractViews": false, "figures": true, "newCiteModal": false, "newCitedByModal": true, "newEcommerce": true, "newUsageEvents": true }

The Role of International Conferences — A Theoretical Framework

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  29 November 2010

Evelyn Shapiro
Affiliation:
The University of Manitoba
Joseph Kaufert
Affiliation:
The University of Manitoba

Abstract

Edelman's (1967,1977) analysis of political processes is used as the theoretical framework within which to examine the role of international conferences such as the recent World Assembly on Aging. The function of such international assemblies and the role of participating policymakers and experts are interpreted as part of a symbolic process which legitimates problem definitions and national policies, and validates the roles of policy makers, bureaucrats and experts. The paper questions whether these meetings have real potential for influencing national policies and discusses the factors which limit their relevance and usefulness for developing countries.

Résumé

L'analyse des processus politiques faite par Edelman (1967, 1977) sert de cadre théorique à l'examen du rôle joué par les congrès internationaux tels que le récent “World Assembly on Aging” (Assemblée mondiale sur le vieillissement). La fonction de ces assemblées et le rôle des dirigeants politiques apparaissent constitutifs d'un processus symbolique susceptible de conférer une certaine légitimité à la politique nationale et d'entériner le rôle des spécialistes, bureaucrates et dirigeants politiques. L'auteur remet en question l'influence que ces congrès peuvent exercer sur la politique nationale et discute des facteurs qui en limitent la pertinence et l'utilité pour les pays en voie de développement

Type
Articles
Copyright
Copyright © Canadian Association on Gerontology 1983

Access options

Get access to the full version of this content by using one of the access options below. (Log in options will check for institutional or personal access. Content may require purchase if you do not have access.)

References

Aging in North America: Projections and Policies.The Report of the North American Regional Technical Meeting on Aging, National Advisory Council on Aging,Washington,June 15–19, 1981.Google Scholar
Beardsley, F.L.A Critique of post-behaviouralism Political Theory, 1977, 5, 99.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
Binstock, R.Interest group liberalism and the politics of aging. Gerontologist, 1972, 12, 265280.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
Crawford, R.You are dangerous to your health: the ideology and politics of victim blaming. International Journal of Health Services, 1977, 17, 663679.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
Crawford, R.Healthism and the medicalization of everyday life. International Journal of Health Services, 1980, 10, 365387.CrossRefGoogle ScholarPubMed
Edeknan, M.Political language: Words that succeed and policies that fail. New York: Academic Press, 1977.Google Scholar
Estes, C.L.The aging enterprise. Washington: Jossey-Bass, 1980. Government of Canada. Canadian Governmental Report on Aging. Ottawa: Government Printing Office, 1982.Google Scholar
Guillemard, A.M.The call to activity amongst the old-Rehabilitation or regimentation. Canadian Gerontological Collection Blossom, I.Wigdor, T., (Ed.). Winnipeg: Canadian Association on Gerontology, 1977.Google Scholar
Hickey, T. and Davis, C.T.The White House Conference on Aging: An exercise on policy formulation. Aging and Human Development, 1972, 3, 233239.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
Land, T. At the World Assembly: Plan sought to solve problems of seniors. The Medical Post, July 1982, 50.Google Scholar
National Advisory Council On Aging, Aging in North America: Projections and Policies.The Report of the North American Regional Technical Meeting on Aging.Washington:June 15–19, 1981.Google Scholar
Toews, J. Mental health service priorities in a time of restraint Canada's Mental Health, December 1980, 2–4.Google Scholar
United Nations. Aging: The developmental issues. Advisory Committee for the World Assembly on Aging, A/AC.208/9, New York: January 11, 1982.Google Scholar
United Nations. Aging: The humanitarian issues. Advisory Committee for the World Assembly on Aging, A/AC.208/10, New York: January 11, 1982.Google Scholar
United Nations. World Assembly on Aging, Basic Facts, Vienna, Austria: May 26, 1982.Google Scholar
1
Cited by

Send article to Kindle

To send this article to your Kindle, first ensure no-reply@cambridge.org is added to your Approved Personal Document E-mail List under your Personal Document Settings on the Manage Your Content and Devices page of your Amazon account. Then enter the ‘name’ part of your Kindle email address below. Find out more about sending to your Kindle. Find out more about sending to your Kindle.

Note you can select to send to either the @free.kindle.com or @kindle.com variations. ‘@free.kindle.com’ emails are free but can only be sent to your device when it is connected to wi-fi. ‘@kindle.com’ emails can be delivered even when you are not connected to wi-fi, but note that service fees apply.

Find out more about the Kindle Personal Document Service.

The Role of International Conferences — A Theoretical Framework
Available formats
×

Send article to Dropbox

To send this article to your Dropbox account, please select one or more formats and confirm that you agree to abide by our usage policies. If this is the first time you use this feature, you will be asked to authorise Cambridge Core to connect with your <service> account. Find out more about sending content to Dropbox.

The Role of International Conferences — A Theoretical Framework
Available formats
×

Send article to Google Drive

To send this article to your Google Drive account, please select one or more formats and confirm that you agree to abide by our usage policies. If this is the first time you use this feature, you will be asked to authorise Cambridge Core to connect with your <service> account. Find out more about sending content to Google Drive.

The Role of International Conferences — A Theoretical Framework
Available formats
×
×

Reply to: Submit a response

Please enter your response.

Your details

Please enter a valid email address.

Conflicting interests

Do you have any conflicting interests? *