There has been a growing chorus of political analysts with doomsday predictions of an American public that is uncivil, disengaged, and alienated. And it's only getting worse with a younger generation of Americans who do not see the value in voting. The good news is that the bad news is wrong. In this Third Edition of The Good Citizen, Russell Dalton uses current national public opinion surveys, including new evidence from 2018 Pew Center survey data, to show how Americans are changing their views on what good citizenship means. It's not about recreating the halcyon politics of a generation ago, but recognition that new patterns of citizenship call for new processes and new institutions that reflect the values of the contemporary American public. Trends in participation, tolerance, and policy priorities reflect a younger generation that is more engaged, more tolerant, and more supportive of social justice. The Good Citizen shows how a younger generation is creating new norms of citizenship that are leading to a renaissance of democratic participation. An important comparative chapter in the book showcases cross-national comparisons that further demonstrate the vitality of American democracy.
Tables and Figures
Preface to the Third Edition
About the Author
Chapter 1 Citizenship and the Transformation of American Society
PART I DEFINING THE NORMS OF CITIZENSHIP
Chapter 2 The Meaning and Measurement of Citizenship
Chapter 3 Forming Citizenship Norms
PART II THE CONSEQUENCES OF CITIZENSHIP
Chapter 4 The Rising Tide of Political Activity
Chapter 5 (In)Tolerance in America?
Chapter 6 Is Government the Problem or the Solution?
Chapter 7 The Good Citizen and Democratic Governance
Chapter 8 In Tocqueville’s Footsteps
PART III CONCLUSION
Chapter 9 The Two Faces of Citizenship
Appendix: Statistical Primer