Engaging Youth: Combating the Apathy of Young Americans toward Politics by Kevin Mattson | 9780870784705 | Paperback | Barnes & Noble
Engaging Youth: Combating the Apathy of Young Americans toward Politics

Engaging Youth: Combating the Apathy of Young Americans toward Politics

by Kevin Mattson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0870784706

ISBN-13: 9780870784705

Pub. Date: 04/28/2003

Publisher: The Century Foundation

Young Americans are more likely than their older counterparts to be cynical and disaffected about politics. Their voting rates in both national and local elections have declined, they are less likely to be affiliated with political parties (when they register at all, many young people categorize themselves as independents), and in surveys they express higher levels

Overview

Young Americans are more likely than their older counterparts to be cynical and disaffected about politics. Their voting rates in both national and local elections have declined, they are less likely to be affiliated with political parties (when they register at all, many young people categorize themselves as independents), and in surveys they express higher levels of cynicism about the state of politics in general.

Kevin Mattson argues that recent attempts to reverse these trends are unlikely to succeed. He says that neither John McCain's focus on campaign finance reform as a corrective nor former President Clinton's emphasis on community service as practiced through the Americorps program is likely to re-engage young Americans in politics. Analyzing the historical context to assess the extent to which youth have participated in the political process throughout the twentieth century, Mattson makes the case for more extensive educational programs, public service internships, and innovative Internet strategies.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780870784705
Publisher:
The Century Foundation
Publication date:
04/28/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
67
Product dimensions:
5.96(w) x 8.96(h) x 0.25(d)

Table of Contents

Forewordv
Acknowledgmentsxi
Chapter 1Introduction: A New Lost Generation?1
Chapter 2The Legacy of the 1960s7
Chapter 3Historical Reasons for the Decline? Changes in American Political Culture13
Chapter 4The World of Political Argument: Creating a Politics of Generation X23
Chapter 5What Can Be Done?37
Chapter 6Conclusion51
Notes55
Index63
About the Author69

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