Civic Engagement in American Democracy (Google eBook)

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Theda Skocpol, Morris P. Fiorina
Brookings Institution Press, May 13, 2004 - Political Science - 528 pages
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American democracy is in many ways more vital than ever before. Advocacy groups proliferate and formerly marginalized groups enjoy new opportunities. But worrisome trends exist. Millions of Americans are drawing back from involvements with community affairs and politics. Voters stay home; public officials grapple with distrust or indifference; and people are less likely to cooperate on behalf of shared goals. Observers across the spectrum of opinion agree that it is vital to determine what is happening and why so that Americans can take well-informed, effective steps to revitalize our national community.The book opens with an eagle-eye look at the roots of America's special patterns of civic engagement, examining the ways social groups and government and electoral politics have influenced each other. Other chapters examine the impact of advocacy groups and socioeconomic inequalities on democratic processes and probe the influence of long-term social and cultural changes on voluntary associations and civic participation. The book concludes by asking why social liberation has been accompanied by new inequalities and the erosion of many important forms of citizen leverage and participation.Coming together from several disciplines, contributors include Jeffrey M. Berry, Henry E. Brady, John Brehm, Steven Brint, Elisabeth S. Clemens, Peter Dobkin Hall, Wendy M. Rahn, Kay Lehman Schlozman, Sidney Verba, and Robert Wuthnow.Copublished with the Russell Sage Foundation

  

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User Review  - Melissa - Goodreads

Very nice collection for thinking about civic associations and their role in keeping a democracy healthy vis-a-vis civic engagement. It offers articles providing useful historical backgrounds, and from specific perspectives (eg class, gender, race). Read full review

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User Review  - Lindsay Campbell - Goodreads

this edited volume is GREAT! really adds to the debate with putnam. well written, clearly worded, thoughtful, great. Read full review

Contents

Making Sense of the Civic Engagement Debate
1
How Americans Became Civic
27
Organizational Repertoires and Institutional Change Womens Groups and the Transformation of American Politics 18901920
81
National Elections as Institutions for Generating Social Capital
111
Professions and Civic Engagement Trends in Rhetoric and Practice 18751995
163
Vital Signs Organizational Population Trends and Civic Engagement in New Haven Connecticut 18501998
211
Social Change and Civic Engagement The Case of the PTA
249
Technological Change and Associational Life
297
Mobilizing Civic Engagement The Changing Impact of Religious Involvement
331
The Rise of Citizen Groups
367
Extreme Voices A Dark Side of Civic Engagement
395
Civic Participation and the Equality Problem
427
Advocates without Members The Recent Transformation of American Civic Life
461
About the Contributors
511
Index
515
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About the author (2004)

Theda Skocpol is Victor S. Thomas Professor of Government and Sociology at Harvard University and author of Boomerang: Health Reform and the Turn Against Politics(Norton, 1996), and Protecting Soldiers and Mothers: The Political Origins of Social Policy in the United States (Harvard, 1992) which won five scholarly awards. Morris P. Fiorina is professor of political science and senior fellow of the Hoover Institution at Stanford University and author of Congress Keystone of the Washington Establishment(Yale, 1977, 1989), Retrospective Voting in American National Elections(Yale, 1981), and Divided Government (Macmillan, 1992, Allyn & Bacon, 1995).

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