Citizen Democracy: Political Activism in a Cynical Age

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Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Aug 15, 2008 - Political Science - 292 pages
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Apathy and antipathy toward politics are epidemic. Citizen Democracy provides the antidote. In this revised and updated edition, Stephen E. Frantzich portrays citizens from every walk of life—rich and poor, old and young, black and white, male and female, left and right, famous and obscure—as they choose to become involved in politics at a level to which readers can relate. Some of the stories contain unexpected twists. Candy Lightner, the founder of Mothers Against Drunk Driving, now works as a liquor industry lobbyist and argues that MADD has gone too far. College freshman Gregory Watson reacted to receiving a OCO on a political science paper by quitting school and becoming the driving force behind passage of a constitutional amendment that had been the subject of his paper. Two young women independently wrote letters of application to the U.S. Naval Academy and in the process moved military education in the direction of gender neutrality. Citizen Democracy shows ordinary people engaged in extraordinary civic activity. Their causes run the gamut from civil rights to flag burning, from the Internet to the environment—but their common cause is the fact that they creatively entered the arena of national public policy making and made a difference.

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User Review  - Hillbillythomist - LibraryThing

See especially chapter 1, Rewriting the Constitution: One Man's Journey to Lend Madison a Hand--Gregory Watson. This is the remarkable story of the 27th amendment. Read full review

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Dated, but a decent collection of how ordinary people got pissed off and started a cause or action. Read full review

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Stephen E. Frantzich is professor of political science at the U.S. Naval Academy.

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