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.
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Table of ContentsChapter 1: Citizenship and the Transformation of American Society
The Social Transformation of America
The Plot of This Book
DEFINING THE NORMS OF CITIZENSHIP
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
THE CONSEQUENCES OF CITIZENSHIP
Chapter 4: Bowling Alone or Protesting with a Group?
The Repertoire of Political Action
Voting in Elections
Collective Group Activity
Protest and Contentious Actions
Old Repertoires and New Repertoires
Citizenship Norms and Participation
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
Norm Shift and American Democracy