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Is Voting for Young People?

ISBN-10: 0205217729
ISBN-13: 9780205217724
Edition: 3rd 2011 (Revised)
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Description: Is Voting for Young People? explores the reasons why the young are less likely to follow politics and vote in the United States, as well as in many other established democracies. This brief, accessible, and provocative book suggests ways of changing  More...

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Book details

List price: $18.99
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Group
Publication date: 10/27/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 246
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

Is Voting for Young People? explores the reasons why the young are less likely to follow politics and vote in the United States, as well as in many other established democracies. This brief, accessible, and provocative book suggests ways of changing that, and now includes a chapter on young people's role in the 2008 and 2010 elections.

Martin P. Wattenberg is Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Irvine.

Preface to the Third Edition
Acknowledgments
Introduction
An Overview
The Aging of Regular Newspaper Readers
Who Reads a Newspaper Every Day Anymore?
Has Reading a Newspaper for Political Content Changed?
Can Similar Patterns Be Found in Other Established Democracies?
Do Young Adults Just Not Like to Read?
Conclusion: A Future for Newspapers?
The Aging Audience for Politics on TV
Is Network TV News a Dying Dinosaur?
Is Cable News Picking up the Slack?
Where Have All the Water-Cooler Shows Gone?
Can Similar Patterns Be Found in Other Established Democracies?
Conclusion: Can Soft News Save the Day?
Don't Ask Anyone Under 30
Have Young People Become Less Likely to Follow Political Events?
What News Stories Did Young People Follow in 2004?
Is This the Least Politically Knowledgeable Generation of American Youth Ever?
Are Young People in Other Democracies Similarly Clueless About Politics?
Conclusion: The Impact of Political Knowledge
Appendix to Chapter 3
Where Have All the Young Voters Gone?
Turnout by Age in American Presidential Elections Since 1964
Turnout by Age in Parliamentary Elections: Change over Three Decades
The Turnout Gap in American Second-Order Elections
The Turnout Gap in Second-Order Elections in Other Established Democracies
Conclusion: Was Lowering the Voting Age a Mistake?
Do Young Adults See Voting as a Civic Duty?
Have Young Americans Become Less Likely to View Voting as a Duty?
Can Similar Trends Be Found in Other Democracies?
Conclusion: A Window Into the Future?
Does Low Youth Turnout Really Matter?
Does Position in the Life Cycle Affect Policy Positions?
Is There a Generation Gap in American Voting Behavior?
Are There Age Gaps in Ideology and Voting Behavior in Other Countries?
Conclusion: A Government for Older People?
A New Civic Engagement Among Young People?
Are Today's Young People the Volunteer Generation?
Have Young People Become More Involved in Community Problem Solving and Contacting Governmental Officials?
Have Young People Turned to Unconventional Forms of Political Participation?
Conclusion: Young People's Place in the Forest of Political Participation
Young People's Role in the 2008 and 2010 Elections
Has the Internet Changed Age Patterns of Political Attention?
Did Young People Tune in to the 2008 Conventions and Presidential Debates?
Did the Campaigns Really Reach out to Young People in 2008?
How Much Did Young People Participate in the 2008 Nomination Process?
Did Young People Vote at Higher Rates in the 2008 General Election?
Where Did All the Young Voters Go in 2010?
Conclusion: Last Place in Turnout Is Nothing to Crow About
What Can Be Done?
How to Improve Turnout Rates Without Compulsory Voting?
Want a Solution? Consider Compulsory Voting
How Much Support Is There for Compulsory Voting?
Is Talk of Compulsory Voting at All Realistic?
Endnotes
Index
Name Index
Subject Index

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