Voice and Equality: Civic Voluntarism in American Politics / Edition 1

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Overview

This book confirms the idea put forth nearly a century and a half ago by Alexis de Tocqueville, that American democracy is rooted in civic voluntarism--citizens' involvement in family, work, school, and religion, as well as in their political participation as voters, campaigners, protesters, or community activists.

The authors analyze civic activity as none have before. They have created an original survey of 15,000 individuals, which includes 2,500 personal interviews, that focuses on the central issues of involvement: how people come to be active, their motivations, their resources, and their networks. We see fascinating differences along cultural lines, among African-Americans, Latinos, and whites, as well as between the religiously observant and the secular. We observe family activism moving from generation to generation, and look into the special role of issues that elicit involvement, including abortion rights and social welfare.

This far-reaching analysis confirms that some individuals have a greater voice in politics than others, and that this inequality not only results from varying inclinations toward activity, but also reflects unequal access to such vital resources as money and education. This deeply researched study illuminates the many facets of civic consciousness and action and confirms their quintessential role in American democracy.

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Editorial Reviews

Political Science Quarterly

[The authors] have written a splendid and engaging empirical treatise—large-scale social science at its very best—on how social and economic resources influence the extent to which, and the ways in which, people participate in politics and voluntary organizations.
— Robert Y. Shapiro

Borderlines

This is undoubtedly an important book with revealing findings that contradict some popular assumptions about the health of democracy in the US. Despite the well documented loss of confidence in political institutions and the decline of electoral turnout, Americans continue to participate extensively in both political and non-political organisations. The voice of the people is clear and loud even if some voices are able to demand more attention than others.
— David Mervin

Contemporary Sociology

The authors of this book have, together and separately, been fruitfully investigating political participation and inequality for years. Juggling a dazzling, mind-boggling array of original survey data, their new work makes the clear case that citizens' experience outside the realm of official politics—experience at home, church, work, school, and 'nonpolitical' voluntary associations—infuses their ability and desire to participate in politics. The ideal image of the public sphere is that it [can] compensate for inequalities bred elsewhere; this study forcefully shows how public life actually amplifies them...The marvel of this compendium is that it keeps so many questions in the air simultaneously...The book is an extremely rich source of data with many startling, thought-provoking finding.
— Nina Eliasoph

Wilson Quarterly

Is American citizenship in crisis? Yes, say most pundits, not to mention most scholars of contemporary political life. A more nuanced reply appears in this comprehensive study...Voice and Equality presents a challenging paradox. On the one hand, the discourse of class is becoming less salient—in a political regime that has never been heavily imbued with the rhetoric of economic inequality. On the other, the state of political participation in America is now such that 'class matters profoundly.
— Sidney M. Milkis

Journal of Politics

Voice and Equality is a major contribution to understanding patterns of political participation in the United States. First, it advances our knowledge of participation by providing descriptive details about the characteristics of those who engage in a variety of political actions beyond the electoral and campaign activities that can be examined through data collected in the American National Election Studies. Second, models to account for variation in several types of political activity are specified and tested. Third, the effects of participation on representation are assessed.
— M. Margaret Conway

The Review of Politics

[A] significant event in the study of political participation and democratic politics...Voice and Equality documents our progress as a discipline in understanding the role of citizens in democratic politics. Day-to-day, such progress may be difficult to see, but over the longer haul it becomes quite apparent. Students of citizenship and democratic politics will want to read Verba, Schlozman, and Brady in order to witness that progress, as well as to understand the challenges that lie ahead.
— Robert Huckfeldt

Political Science Quarterly - Robert Y. Shapiro
[The authors] have written a splendid and engaging empirical treatise--large-scale social science at its very best--on how social and economic resources influence the extent to which, and the ways in which, people participate in politics and voluntary organizations.
Borderlines - David Mervin
This is undoubtedly an important book with revealing findings that contradict some popular assumptions about the health of democracy in the US. Despite the well documented loss of confidence in political institutions and the decline of electoral turnout, Americans continue to participate extensively in both political and non-political organisations. The voice of the people is clear and loud even if some voices are able to demand more attention than others.
Contemporary Sociology - Nina Eliasoph
The authors of this book have, together and separately, been fruitfully investigating political participation and inequality for years. Juggling a dazzling, mind-boggling array of original survey data, their new work makes the clear case that citizens' experience outside the realm of official politics--experience at home, church, work, school, and 'nonpolitical' voluntary associations--infuses their ability and desire to participate in politics. The ideal image of the public sphere is that it [can] compensate for inequalities bred elsewhere; this study forcefully shows how public life actually amplifies them...The marvel of this compendium is that it keeps so many questions in the air simultaneously...The book is an extremely rich source of data with many startling, thought-provoking finding.
Wilson Quarterly - Sidney M. Milkis
Is American citizenship in crisis? Yes, say most pundits, not to mention most scholars of contemporary political life. A more nuanced reply appears in this comprehensive study...Voice and Equality presents a challenging paradox. On the one hand, the discourse of class is becoming less salient--in a political regime that has never been heavily imbued with the rhetoric of economic inequality. On the other, the state of political participation in America is now such that 'class matters profoundly.
Journal of Politics - M. Margaret Conway
Voice and Equality is a major contribution to understanding patterns of political participation in the United States. First, it advances our knowledge of participation by providing descriptive details about the characteristics of those who engage in a variety of political actions beyond the electoral and campaign activities that can be examined through data collected in the American National Election Studies. Second, models to account for variation in several types of political activity are specified and tested. Third, the effects of participation on representation are assessed.
The Review of Politics - Robert Huckfeldt
[A] significant event in the study of political participation and democratic politics...Voice and Equality documents our progress as a discipline in understanding the role of citizens in democratic politics. Day-to-day, such progress may be difficult to see, but over the longer haul it becomes quite apparent. Students of citizenship and democratic politics will want to read Verba, Schlozman, and Brady in order to witness that progress, as well as to understand the challenges that lie ahead.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780674942936
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/1995
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 664
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.29 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Sidney Verba is Carl H. Pforzheimer University Professor, Harvard University.

Kay Lehman Schlozman is Professor of Political Science, Boston College.

Henry E. Brady is Professor of Political Science and Public Policy, University of California, Berkeley.

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Table of Contents

    • 1. Introduction


  • Part I: The World of Participation
    • 2. Defining Political Participation
    • 3. Political Participation: How Much? About What?
    • 4. Interpreting Political Activity: A Report from Activists
    • 5. Recruiting Political Activists


  • Part II: Participation and Representation
    • 6. Thinking about Participatory Representation
    • 7. Who Participates? Economic Circumstances and Needs
    • 8. Who Participates? Race, Ethnicity, and Gender


  • Part III: The Civic Voluntarism Model
    • 9. Explaining Participation: Introductory Considerations
    • 10. Resources for Politics: Time and Money
    • 11. Resources for Politics: Civic Skills
    • 12. Resources, Engagement, and Political Activity
    • 13. Institutions and Recruitment
    • 14. Participation and the Politics of Issue Engagement
    • 15. From Generation to Generation: The Roots of [incomplete]



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