The Good Citizen: How a Younger Generation is Reshaping American Politics

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CQ Press, 2007 - Political Science - 200 pages
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There has been a growing chorus of political analysts with doomsday predictions of an American public that is uncivil, disengaged, and alienated. And it?s only getting worse with a younger generation of Americans who do not see the value in voting.The good news is that the bad news is wrong.Russell Dalton uses a new set of national public opinion surveys to show how Americans are changing their views on what good citizenship means. It?s not about recreating the halcyon politics of a generation ago, but recognition that new patterns of citizenship call for new processes and new institutions that reflect the values of the contemporary American public. Trends in participation, tolerance, and policy priorities reflect a younger generation that is more engaged, more tolerant, and more supportive of social justice. The Good Citizen shows how a younger generation is creating new norms of citizenship that are leading to a renaissance of democratic participation. An important comparative chapter in the book showcases cross-national comparisons that further demonstrate the vitality of American democracy.This book will reshape how we think about the American public, American youth, and the prospects for contemporary democracy.

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Review: The Good Citizen: How a Younger Generation is Reshaping American Politics

User Review  - Rachel Hoffman - Goodreads

It had some interesting points, but the gist could have really been boiled down into a simple short article. It was way too long and unnecessarily repetitive, and most of what was said was entirely common sense. Read full review

Review: The Good Citizen: How a Younger Generation is Reshaping American Politics

User Review  - Shane - Goodreads

I liked the premise of the book a lot more than I liked the actual book. He includes some interesting findings from his research but the book becomes rather repetitive in many spots. Read full review

About the author (2007)

Russell J. Dalton is Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of California, Irvine.

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