Citizen Democracy: Political Activism in a Cynical Age

Citizen Democracy: Political Activism in a Cynical Age

by Stephen E. Frantzich

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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, now works as a liquor industry lobbyist and argues that MADD has gone too far. College freshman Gregory Watson reacted to receiving a OCO 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780742573482
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 08/15/2008
Series: People, Passions, and Power: Social Movements, Interest Organizations, and the P
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 292
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

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

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction
Chapter 2 The Constitution and Democratic Theory
Chapter 3 Federalism
Chapter 4 Civil Rights
Chapter 5 Civil Liberties
Chapter 6 Media
Chapter 7 Interest Groups
Chapter 8 Campaigns and Elections
Chapter 9 Direct Democracy
Chapter 10 Congress
Chapter 11 The Presidency
Chapter 12 The Judical Process and the Courts
Chapter 13 The Bureaucracy
Chapter 14 Short Shots with Careful Aim
Chapter 15 Kids in Action
Chapter 16 Conclusion

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