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Good Citizen How a Younger Generation Is Reshaping American Politics

ISBN-10: 0872895386
ISBN-13: 9780872895386
Edition: 2008
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Description: There has been a growing chorus of political analysts with doomsday predictions of an American public that is uncivil, disengaged, and alienated. And its only getting worse with a younger generation of Americans who do not see the value in voting.   More...

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Book details

List price: $19.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: CQ Press
Binding: Paperback
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

There has been a growing chorus of political analysts with doomsday predictions of an American public that is uncivil, disengaged, and alienated. And its 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. Its 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.

Russell Dalton is a professor at the University of California, Irvine and former director of the Center for the Study of Democracy. His research and teaching focuses on the changing nature of citizen politics in contemporary democracies. He has received a Fulbright Research Fellowship, a German Marshall Fund Fellowship, Barbra Streisand Center Fellowship and POSCO Research Fellowship. He has served on the boards of the American National Election Study, the British Election Study and the Comparative Study of Electoral Systems. Among his recent authored or edited books are The Apartisan American (2012), Political Parties and Democratic Linkage (2011), Citizens, Context and Choice (2011), The Good Citizen (2009), Oxford Handbook of Political Behavior (2007), Citizens, Democracy and Markets around the Pacific Rim (2006), Democratic Challenges, Democratic Choices: The Erosion of Political Support in Advanced Industrial Democracies (2004), Democracy Transformed? The Expansion of Citizen Access in Advanced Industrial Democracies (2003), and Parties without Partisans: Political Change in Advanced Industrial Democracies (co-editor, 2001). He has also appeared in six feature-length Hollywood movies.

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