Citizen Democracy: Political Activists in a Cynical Age / Edition 2

Citizen Democracy: Political Activists in a Cynical Age / Edition 2

by Stephen E. Frantzich
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Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.

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Citizen Democracy: Political Activists in a Cynical Age / Edition 2

Apathy and antipathy toward politics are epidemic. Citizen Democracy provides the antidote. In this revised and updated edition, Stephen E. 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 (MADD), now works as a liquor industry lobbyist and argues that MADD has gone too far. College freshman Gregory Watson reacted to receiving a "C" 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 environment-but their common cause is the fact that they creatively entered the arena of national public policy making and made a difference.

About the Author:
Stephen E. Frantzich is professor of political science at the U.S. Naval Academy

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780742529533
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 05/28/2004
Series: People, Passions, and Power: Social Movements, Interest Organizations, and the P Series
Edition description: Second Edition
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 7.06(w) x 8.96(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Preface     ix
Introduction: Countering the Culture of Cynicism: Keeping the Fans in the Stands     1
The Constitution and Democratic Theory
Rewriting the Constitution: One Man's Journey to Lend Madison a Hand   Gregory Watson     13
Do Ask, Do Tell   Howard Clery   Connie Clery   Maureen Kanka   Richard Kanka   Donna Norris     22
Civil Rights
Taking the Bus and Driving Public Policy for Us   Rosa Parks     37
Being a Good Sport, or, Won't You Be on My Team?   Bernice Sandler     46
Civil Liberties
Let's Just Run That One Up the Flagpole   Gregory Lee (Joey) Johnson     56
All Dressed Down and Nowhere to Go: A Pilot's Checklist   Martha McSally     64
From Old Bulls to Blogs: The Old Media Confronts the New Media$dThe CBS Bloggers     69
Interest Groups
From Grief to Anger to Action: Making One MADD   Candy Lightner     77
Wouldn't You Just Love to Live Here?   Lois Gibbs     83
Campaigns and Elections
Registering as a Protest, or, I'll Vote for That   Richard A. Cloward   Frances Fox Piven     96
Changing the Ecology of Politics: Introducing a New Breed   Brian Trelstad     107
Direct Democracy
A Taxing and Revolting Job   Howard Jarvis     117
Power Letter Writing: Women in the Military Academies   Barbara Brimmer   Valerie Schoen     128
The Mystery of the Smoking Gun   Merrell Williams     137
The Presidency
Just What the Doctor Ordered   Dr. Kristin Zarfos     148
When Worlds Come Crashing Down$dThe Jersey Girls     158
The Judicial Process and the Courts
Unaffirmative Action   Carl Cohen     165
The Bureaucracy
Do unto Others, Don't Be a Tattletale   Joe Darby     178
If You Can't Lick 'Em, Enjoin 'Em   Jean Anne Hlavacek   Diane Sackett Nannery     183
Short Shots with Careful Aim
Oh My...   Michael Newdow     192
The Wrong Snuff   Ken Weaver     195
Attack the Big Mac Attack   John Banzhaf     198
Special Delivery from Santa Claus   Roger Durbin     202
Kids in Action
Kidizen Democracy     205
From Peer Pressure to Political Pressure   Morgan   Max Lesko     207
A Monumental Dream$dThe "Scottsdale Six"     212
Home Sweet Home   Nick Dupree     217
You Can't Say That Again!   Joseph Frederick     220
Unfit to a T   Alan Newsom     223
Resources for Kidizens     226
Conclusion: Lessons for Nascent Citizens     227
Notes     235
Photo Credits     265
Index     267
About the Author     281

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