Diminished Democracy: From Membership to Management in American Civic Life / Edition 1

Diminished Democracy: From Membership to Management in American Civic Life / Edition 1

by Theda Skocpol
     
 

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

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Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780806136271
Publisher:
University of Oklahoma Press
Publication date:
03/28/2004
Series:
Julian J. Rothbaum Distinguished Lecture Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
605,383
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Theda Skocpol is Victor S. Thomas Professor of Government and Sociology and Director of the Center for American Political Studies at Harvard University. She is the author of numerous books, including Protecting Soldiers and Mothers: The Political Origins of Social Policy in the United States and The Missing Middle: Working Families and the Future of American Social Policy.

Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface and Acknowledgments
1Warren Durgin's Gravestone - Understanding American Civic Democracy3
2How the United States Became a Civic Nation20
3Joiners, Organizers, and Citizens74
4From Membership to Management127
5Why Civic Life Changed175
6What We Have Lost211
7Reinventing American Civic Democracy254
Notes295
List of Tables and Figures351
Index355

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