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Overview

Apathy and antipathy toward politics are epidemic. Citizen Democracy provides the antidote. Through a series of nineteen carefully chosen vignettes, Stephen Frantzich portrays citizens from every walk of life—rich and poor, old and young, black and white, male and female, left and right, famous and obscure—as they choose to become involved in politics at a level to which readers can relate. Some of the stories contain unexpected twists. Candy Lightner, the founder of Mothers Against Drunk Driving, now works as a liquor industry lobbyist and argues that MADD has gone too far. College freshman Gregory Watson reacted to receiving a OCO on a political science paper by quitting school and becoming the driving force behind passage of a constitutional amendment that had been the subject of his paper. Two young women independently wrote letters of application to the U.S. Naval Academy and in the process moved military education in the direction of gender neutrality. Citizen Democracy shows ordinary people engaged in extraordinary civic activity. Their causes run the gamut from civil rights to flag burning, from the Internet to the international fronts of landmines and the UN - but their common cause is the fact that they creatively entered the arena of national public policy making and made a difference.

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Editorial Reviews

Booklist
Offers a direct assault on fashionable distaste for politics by profiling nearly two dozen Americans who chose an issue and fought for it, achieving notable success. . . . In all his lively narratives, Frantzich recaps successful strategies readers can use to support their own causes.
H-Net: Humanities and Social Science Reviews Online
A trove of fascinating cases can be found in this work. The book is well and cleverly written. The work is interesting and enlightening.
The Bloomsbury Review
Citizen Democracy is informative in several ways. There are fascinating biographies of controvercial figures.
CHOICE
This volume presents a series of interesting vignettes about individuals who have made a difference in politics. It is an excellent collection of useful examples 'of relatively typical individuals who overcome cynicism to affect public well-being.'
H-Net: Humanities and Social Science Reviews Online
A trove of fascinating cases can be found in this work. The book is well and cleverly written. The work is interesting and enlightening.
Choice
This volume presents a series of interesting vignettes about individuals who have made a difference in politics. It is an excellent collection of useful examples 'of relatively typical individuals who overcome cynicism to affect public well-being.'
Craig Rimmerman
In this thoughtful book, Stephen Frantzich provides concrete evidence that ordinary citizens can make a difference in public policy outcomes through a commitment to political organizing. What a timely book, one that nicely challenges the assumption of citizen apathy often imposed on our times.
Bill Hudson
By telling the stories of activists of both the left and the right, Frantzich celebrates the act of political engagement and participation as a virtue in itself. Readers will learn from this book how citizen involvement, even on the part of people they may not like or with whom they disagree, nourishes democratic deliberation. This book will inspire future citizen activists while also serving as a useful 'how-to' manual.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780847691517
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/28/1999
  • Series: People, Passions, and Power Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 246
  • Product dimensions: 0.56 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 6.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephen E. Frantzich is professor and chair of the Department of Political Science at the U.S. Naval Academy.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction: Countering the Culture of Cynicism—Keeping the Fans in the Stands Part 2 The Constitution and Democratic Theory Chapter 3 Rewriting the Constitution: One Man's Journey to Lend Madison a Hand—Gregory Watson Part 4 Federalism Chapter 5 Do Ask, Do Tell—Howard and Connie Clery and Maureen and Richard Kanka Part 6 Civil Rights Chapter 7 Taking the Bus and Driving Public Policy for Us—Rosa Parks Part 8 Civil Liberties Chapter 9 Let's Just Run That One Up the Flag Pole—Gregory Lee (Joey) Johnson Part 10 Media Chapter 11 Don't Get Mad, Get Evenhanded—Brian Lamb Part 12 Public Opinion Chapter 13 Citizen.Action.Org—Shabbir Safdar and Jonah Seiger Part 14 Interest Groups Chapter 15 From Grief to Anger to Action: Making One MADD—Candy Lightner Part 16 Political Parties Chapter 17 Registering as a Protest, or I'll Vote for That—Richard A. Cloward and Frances Fox Piven Part 18 Campaigns and Elections Chapter 19 Changing the Ecology of Politics: Introducing a New Breed—Brian Trelstad Part 20 Direct Democracy Chapter 21 The Taxing Job of Protecting Oneself from Government—Howard Jarvis Part 22 Congress Chapter 23 The Power of Writing a Letter: Women in the Military Academies—Barbara Brimmer and Valerie Schoen Chapter 24 The Mystery of the Smoking Gun—Merrell Williams Part 25 The Presidency Chapter 26 Just What the Doctor Ordered—Dr. Kristen Zarfos Chapter 27 Patching Together a Public Policy—Michael New Part 28 The Judicial Process and the Courts Chapter 29 Unaffirmative Action—Carl Cohen Chapter 30 A Hard Guy to Live With—Dr. Jack Kevorkian Part 31 The Bureaucracy Chapter 32 If You Can't Lick 'Em, Enjoin 'Em—Jean Anne Hlavacek and Diane Sackett Nannery Part 33 Domestic Policy Chapter 34 Wouldn't You Just Love to Live Here?—Lois Gibbs Part 35 Foreign Policy Chapter 36 The Landmines of Political Activism—Jody Williams Part 37 Conclusion Chapter 38 Lessons for Nascent Citizens: Taking Action in the Modern World

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