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The Dimensions of Tolerance: What Americans Believe About Civil Liberties
     

The Dimensions of Tolerance: What Americans Believe About Civil Liberties

by Herbert McClosky, Alida Brill
 

Reaching well beyond traditional categories of analysis, McClosky and Brill have surveyed civil libertarian attitudes among the general public, opinion leaders, lawyers and judges, police officials, and academics. They analyze levels of tolerance in a wide range of civil liberties domains—first amendment rights, due process, privacy, and such emerging areas as

Overview

Reaching well beyond traditional categories of analysis, McClosky and Brill have surveyed civil libertarian attitudes among the general public, opinion leaders, lawyers and judges, police officials, and academics. They analyze levels of tolerance in a wide range of civil liberties domains—first amendment rights, due process, privacy, and such emerging areas as women's and homosexual rights—and along numerous variables including political participation, ideology, age, and education.

The authors explore fully the differences between civil libertarian values in the abstract and applying them in specific instances. They also examine the impact of tensions between liberties (free press and privacy, for example) and between tolerance and other values (such as public safety). They probe attitudes toward recently expanded liberties, finding that even the more informed and sophisticated citizen is often unable to read on through complex new civil liberties issues.

This remarkable study offers a comprehensive assessment of the viability—and vulnerability—of beliefs central to the democratic system. It makes an invaluable contribution to the study of contemporary American institutions and attitudes.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780871545923
Publisher:
Russell Sage Foundation
Publication date:
10/28/1986
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
522
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Meet the Author

HERBERT McCLOSKY is research director at the Survey Research Center in Berkeley and professor of political science at the University of California, Berkeley.

ALIDA BRILL is program director and scholar in residence at the Russell Sage Foundation.

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