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Citizen Democracy: Political Activists in a Cynical Age (People, Passions, and Power: Social Movements, Interest Organizations, and the P) Paperback – August 25, 1999

ISBN-13: 978-0847691517 ISBN-10: 0847691519

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Product Details

  • Series: People, Passions, and Power: Social Movements, Interest Organizations, and the P
  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (August 25, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0847691519
  • ISBN-13: 978-0847691517
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.5 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,668,381 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In this thoughtful book, Stephen Frantzich provides concrete evidence that ordinary citizens can make a difference in public policy outcomes through a commitment to political organizing. What a timely book, one that nicely challenges the assumption of citizen apathy often imposed on our times. (Craig Rimmerman)

Offers a direct assault on fashionable distaste for politics by profiling nearly two dozen Americans who chose an issue and fought for it, achieving notable success. . . . In all his lively narratives, Frantzich recaps successful strategies readers can use to support their own causes. (Booklist)

A trove of fascinating cases can be found in this work. The book is well and cleverly written. The work is interesting and enlightening. (H-Net Reviews)

Citizen Democracy is informative in several ways. There are fascinating biographies of controvercial figures. (The Bloomsbury Review)

This volume presents a series of interesting vignettes about individuals who have made a difference in politics. It is an excellent collection of useful examples 'of relatively typical individuals who overcome cynicism to affect public well-being.' (Choice)

By telling the stories of activists of both the left and the right, Frantzich celebrates the act of political engagement and participation as a virtue in itself. Readers will learn from this book how citizen involvement, even on the part of people they may not like or with whom they disagree, nourishes democratic deliberation. This book will inspire future citizen activists while also serving as a useful 'how-to' manual. (Bill Hudson)

About the Author

Stephen E. Frantzich is professor and chair of the Department of Political Science at the U.S. Naval Academy.

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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Evelyn Morgen on January 26, 2000
Format: Paperback
This is a refreshing and inspiring collection of essays about people who refuse to believe "you can't fight city hall." Subtitled "Political activists in a cynical age" it traces the stories of people who used the political system to affect public well-being. Examples include MADD (mothers against drunk driving); Dr. Kristen Zarfos, the breast cancer surgeon whose grass roots efforts stopped "Drive Through Mastectomies;" and Rosa Parks bus segregation protest. I'm famiiliar with Dr. Zarfos story, and this book tells it beautifully. Read this book yourself and give it to anyone who complains about how irrelevant politics has become!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Linda Mallory on August 12, 2009
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This is a great read, either as a textbook in a government and politics class or as a book to inspire and amaze. Dr. Frantzich has meticulously researched the famous and obscure that have taken some bold steps to make a difference and affect real change. After I finished reading it and using it for a college-leve public administration class I am teaching, my husband read it and will use the vingettes to illustrate the government process to his AP government class. I highly recommend it and will use it again in my college classes.
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