Civic Engagement in American Democracy

Civic Engagement in American Democracy

by Theda Skocpol
     
 

ISBN-10: 0815728093

ISBN-13: 9780815728092

Pub. Date: 08/28/1999

Publisher: Brookings Institution Press

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…  See more details below

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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. The book also probes the influence of long-term social and cultural changes on voluntary associations and civic participation.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780815728092
Publisher:
Brookings Institution Press
Publication date:
08/28/1999
Pages:
540
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.20(d)
Lexile:
1440L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments
1Making Sense of the Civic Engagement Debate1
Pt. 1Between State and Society: Roots of American Civic Engagement
2How Americans Became Civic27
3Organizational Repertoires and Institutional Change: Women's Groups and the Transformation of American Politics, 1890-192081
4National Elections as Institutions for Generating Social Capital111
Pt. 2Civic Life in a Changing Society
5Professions and Civic Engagement: Trends in Rhetoric and Practice, 1875-1995163
6Vital Signs: Organizational Population Trends and Civic Engagement in New Haven, Connecticut, 1850-1998211
7Social Change and Civic Engagement: The Case of the PTA249
8Technological Change and Associational Life297
9Mobilizing Civic Engagement: The Changing Impact of Religious Involvement331
Pt. 3The Ironies of Contemporary Activism
10The Rise of Citizen Groups367
11Extreme Voices: A Dark Side of Civic Engagement395
12Civic Participation and the Equality Problem427
13Advocates without Members: The Recent Transformation of American Civic Life461
Contributors511
Index515

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