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Civic engagement in American democracy

Author: Theda Skocpol; Morris P Fiorina
Publisher: Washington, D.C. : Brookings Institution Press ; New York : Russell Sage Foundation, ©1999.
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"Civic Engagement in American Democracy opens with an eagle's-eye view of the roots of America's special patterns of civic involvement, examining the way social groups and government and electoral politics have influenced each other over the last 200 years. Other chapters explore community politics, the electoral process, religious institutions, and the advantages and disadvantages of contemporary advocacy politics.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Kongress
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Theda Skocpol; Morris P Fiorina
ISBN: 0815728107 9780815728108 0815728093 9780815728092
OCLC Number: 41278339
Description: viii, 528 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Preface and acknowledgments. Making sense of the civic engagement debate / Theda Skocpol, Morris P. Fiorina --
Part One, Between state and society: roots of American civic engagement. How America became civic / Theda Skocpol, with the assistance of Marshall Ganz [and others] --
Organizational repertoires and institutional change: women's groups and the transformation of American politics, 1890-1920 / Elisabeth S. Clemens --
National elections as institutions for generating social capital / Wendy M. Rahn, John Brehm, Neil Carlson --
Part Two, Civic life in a changing society. Professions and civic engagement: trends in rhetoric and practice, 1875-1995 / Steven Brint, Charles S. Levy --
Vital signs: organizational population trends and civic engagement in New Haven, Connecticut, 1850-1998 / Peter Dobkin Hall --
Social change and civic engagement: the case of the PTA / Susan Crawford, Peggy Levitt --
Technological change and associational life / Marcella Ridlen Ray --
Mobilizing civic engagement: the changing impact of religious involvement / Robert Wuthnow --
Part Three, The ironies of contemporary activism. The rise of citizen groups / Jeffrey M. Berry --
Extreme voices: a dark side of civic engagement / Morris P. Fiorina --
Civic participation and the equality problem / Kay Lehman Schlozman, Sidney Verba, Henry E. Brady --
Advocates without members: the recent transformation of American civic life / Theda Skocpol.
Responsibility: Theda Skocpol, Morris P. Fiorina, editors.

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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.  Read more...

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