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Civic Engagement in American Democracy - Morris P. Fiorina

Civic Engagement in American Democracy

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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 whyso 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

"This book belongs on the short list of works produced in the last decade or so about civic life in the United States from which one can actually learn something. The numerous strong articles repay careful attention for anyone interested both in current debates and in figuring out what the next round of debates should address." --David Plotke, New School University, American Journal of Sociology, vol. 106, no. 4 "The consistently high quality of the contributions to this volume make it absolutely essential for students of civic participation, and highly recommended for all who are concerned with the health of American democracy. " --H.L. Reiter, University of Connecticut

Preface and Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Making Sense of the Civic Engagement Debatep. 1
Between State and Society: Roots of American Civic Engagement
How Americans Became Civicp. 27
Organizational Repertoires and Institutional Change: Women's Groups and the Transformation of American Politics, 1890-1920p. 81
National Elections as Institutions for Generating Social Capitalp. 111
Civic Life in a Changing Society
Professions and Civic Engagement: Trends in Rhetoric and Practice, 1875-1995p. 163
Vital Signs: Organizational Population Trends and Civic Engagement in New Haven, Connecticut, 1850-1998p. 211
Social Change and Civic Engagement: The Case of the PTAp. 249
Technological Change and Associational Lifep. 297
Mobilizing Civic Engagement: The Changing Impact of Religious Involvementp. 331
The Ironies of Contemporary Activism
The Rise of Citizen Groupsp. 367
Extreme Voices: A Dark Side of Civic Engagementp. 395
Civic Participation and the Equality Problemp. 427
Advocates without Members: The Recent Transformation of American Civic Lifep. 461
Contributorsp. 511
Indexp. 515
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ISBN: 9780815728092
ISBN-10: 0815728093
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 420
Published: 1st August 1999
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 3.81
Weight (kg): 0.8