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Citizenship in Britain : Values, Participation and Democracy - Charles Pattie

Citizenship in Britain

Values, Participation and Democracy

Paperback Published: 27th January 2005
ISBN: 9780521534642
Number Of Pages: 366

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There are increasing concerns about changes in society and the economy which are undermining the effectiveness of democracy and weakening traditional conceptions of citizenship. What does it mean to be a British citizen in the early part of the 21st century? This book presents the first major empirical study of citizenship in Britain, comprising surveys of political participation and voluntary activities, and of the beliefs and values which underpin them. As well as presenting new data, the authors provide a sophisticated discussion of the concept of citizenship, and the consequences of a lack of civic engagement in a modern democracy. It examines why some people are 'good' citizens when others are 'bad' and it explores the consequences of citizenship for policy-makers and democracy. Comprehensive and accessible, this book makes a major contribution to our understanding of civic attitudes in Britain today and will appeal to students, researchers and policy-makers.

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'A marvelous book, so well-written that it cannot be put down. It covers all you might want to know about British citizenship, from attitudes to behaviour, from participation in politics to what people do about their neighbourhood and about the causes they support. And when one closes the volume on finds that one is, as the authors are, cautiously optimistic.' Professor Jean Blondel, European University Institute and University of Siena 'It is a challenging conclusion to an impressive and important book that should be required reading for everyone in public service, elected and non-elected, wanting to understand how society ticks today.' Public Servant 'Here are findings of real public concern.' The Independent '... an impressive book that will be widely referenced over the next decade.' Representation

Theories of citizenship
Understanding Citizenship
Civic beliefs and citizenship
Civic behaviour and citizenship: macro politics
Civic behaviour and citizenship: micro politics
Modelling Citizenship
Alternative theories of citizenship
Testing rival theories of citizenship
The Consequences of Citizenship
So what? The consequences
The dynamics of citizenship
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ISBN: 9780521534642
ISBN-10: 052153464X
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 366
Published: 27th January 2005
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.58