The Good Citizen: How a Younger Generation Is Reshaping American Politics

The Good Citizen: How a Younger Generation Is Reshaping American Politics

by Russell J. Dalton

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The Good Citizen: How a Younger Generation Is Reshaping American Politics by Russell J. Dalton

The Good Citizen uses a new 2014 national opinion survey to describe how Americans’ views of what it means to be a good citizen is changing. Russell J. Dalton shows that contrary to conventional wisdom, younger generations are more politically engaged, more politically tolerant, and more supportive of social justice; the young are creating new norms of citizenship that are leading to a renaissance of democratic participation. The new edition of this groundbreaking work will reshape the way we think about the American public, American youth, and the prospects for contemporary democracy. It describes Americans’ changing citizenship norms, the emergence of the Millennial Generation, how the Internet is changing participation patterns, and a new statistical primer to help students understand the survey findings.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781506318042
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Publication date: 09/09/2015
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 240
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Russell Dalton is a professor at the University of California, Irvine and former director of the Center for the Study of Democracy. His research and teaching focuses on the changing nature of citizen politics in contemporary democracies. He has received a Fulbright Research Fellowship, a German Marshall Fund Fellowship, Barbra Streisand Center Fellowship and POSCO Research Fellowship. He has served on the boards of the American National Election Study, the British Election Study and the Comparative Study of Electoral Systems. Among his recent authored or edited books are The Apartisan American (2012), Political Parties and Democratic Linkage (2011), Citizens, Context and Choice (2011), The Good Citizen (2009), Oxford Handbook of Political Behavior (2007), Citizens, Democracy and Markets around the Pacific Rim (2006), Democratic Challenges, Democratic Choices: The Erosion of Political Support in Advanced Industrial Democracies (2004), Democracy Transformed? The Expansion of Citizen Access in Advanced Industrial Democracies (2003), and Parties without Partisans: Political Change in Advanced Industrial Democracies (co-editor, 2001). He has also appeared in six feature-length Hollywood movies.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Citizenship and the Transformation of American Society
The Social Transformation of America
The Plot of This Book
Chapter 2: The Meaning and Measurement of Citizenship
Citizenship in Theory
What Is a “Good” Citizen?
The Two Faces of Citizenship
The Distribution of Citizenship Norms
What Kind of Citizenship?
Chapter 3: Forming Citizenship Norms
A Generational Gap?
The Rising Tide of Social Status
Gender and Ethnicity Patterns
Citizenship and Religion
Partisan Differences in Citizenship
Bringing the Pieces Together
The Social Roots of Citizenship
Chapter 4: Bowling Alone or Protesting with a Group?
The Repertoire of Political Action
Voting in Elections
Campaign Activity
Contacting Government
Collective Group Activity
Protest and Contentious Actions
Online Participation
Old Repertoires and New Repertoires
Citizenship Norms and Participation
Engaged Democrats
Chapter 5: Free Speech for Everyone?
How to Measure Political Tolerance
The Unconventional Evidence: Rising Political Tolerance
Who Is Tolerant and Who Is Not
Citizenship and Tolerance
Implications of Citizenship and Tolerance
Chapter 6: Is the Government the Problem or Solution?
What Should Government Do?
We Want Government to Be a Big Spender
Public Policy Preferences
Are Citizenship Norms another Term for Partisanship?
Citizenship and Public Policy
Chapter 7: Is a Good Citizen Trustful or Skeptical of Government?
Changing Images of Government
Trusting Political Institutions
America, Right or Wrong
Appendix – Multivariate Analysis
Chapter 8: In Tcoqueville's Footsteps
The Norms of Citizenship
Comparing the Consequences of Citizenship
Citizenship in Comparative Perspective
Chapter 9: The Two Faces of Citizenship
Balancing the American Political Culture
Understanding Millennials
Tocqueville Revisited
Norm Shift and American Democracy

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