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Diminished democracy : from membership to management in American civic life

Author: Theda Skocpol
Publisher: Norman : University of Oklahoma Press, ©2003.
Series: Julian J. Rothbaum distinguished lecture series, v. 8.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Pundits and social observers have voiced alarm each year as fewer Americans involve themselves in voluntary groups that meet regularly. Thousands of nonprofit groups have been launched in recent times, but most are run by professionals who lobby Congress or deliver social services to clients. What will happen to U.S. democracy if participatory groups and social movements wither, while civic involvement becomes one  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Theda Skocpol
ISBN: 0806135328 9780806135328 0806136278 9780806136271
OCLC Number: 50339364
Description: xviii, 366 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
Contents: Warren Durgin's gravestone-Understanding American civic democracy --
How the United States became a civic nation --
Joiners, organizers, and citizens --
From membership to management --
Why civic life changed --
What we have lost --
Reinventing American civic democracy.
Series Title: Julian J. Rothbaum distinguished lecture series, v. 8.
Responsibility: Theda Skocpol.

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Pundits and social observers have voiced alarm each year as fewer Americans involve themselves in voluntary groups that meet regularly. Thousands of nonprofit groups have been launched in recent times, but most are run by professionals who lobby Congress or deliver social services to clients. What will happen to U.S. democracy if participatory groups and social movements wither, while civic involvement becomes one more occupation rather than every citizen's right and duty? In Diminished Democracy, Theda Skocpol shows that this decline in public involvement has not always been the case in this country--and how, by understanding the causes of this change, we might reverse it.

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