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The Future of Democracy: Developing the Next Generation of American Citizens (Civil Society: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives) Hardcover – June 29, 2007

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"Parents and educators may be especially interested in Levine's thoughts on more deeply engaging young people through field trips, mock elections and service projects and will find helpful information [on] civic learning in school, civic learning in communities, and practical ways to enhance the civic engagement of youth and adults." —Washington Parent

"The Future of Democracy: Developing the Next Generation of American Citizens is a wonderful example of an important type of scholarship. It emerges from practice and is substantiated by comprehensive research about a critical social problem: In the past 25 years, many of us in the United States have become more familiar with our roles as consumers than our roles as citizens. Peter Levine focuses on conditions among young people as a beacon for understanding the breath and consequences of this problem . . . Levine's book is both a well-researched statement about the status of civic engagement in America and a persuasive, focused call for action." —Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly


“Levine’s book is a little gem that I will keep on my bookshelf, close at hand. I first met Levine through his work on the Civic Mission of Schools, setting forth a consensus view of what we can do in our nation’s schools to rescue students from the era of civic and historical illiteracy. The Future of Democracy is an apt name for this book. Without taking more aggressive steps as a nation to put our country's civic health on the national radar screen—and to engage families, schools, communities, churches and political institutions in fostering a spirit of civic commitment among our young people—the future of that democracy looks grim. Levine finds innovative ways at all levels of education and governance to rescue it.” (John M. Bridgeland, Former Director, White House Domestic Policy Council & USA Freedom Corps)

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Peter Levine is the Lincoln Filene Professor of Citizenship & Public Affairs and Director of CIRCLE, The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement. His primary appointment is in Tufts University's Jonathan Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service and he also has a secondary appointment in the Tufts philosophy department. Levine graduated from Yale in 1989 with a degree in philosophy. He studied philosophy at Oxford on a Rhodes Scholarship, receiving his doctorate in 1992. From 1991 until 1993, he was a research associate at Common Cause. In the late 1990s, he was Deputy Director of the National Commission on Civic Renewal. Levine is the author of the forthcoming book We are the Ones We Have Been Waiting For: The Philosophy and Practice of Civic Renewal (Oxford University Press, 2012), Reforming the Humanities: Literature and Ethics from Dante through Modern Times (2009), The Future of Democracy: Developing the Next Generation of American Citizens (2007), three other scholarly books on philosophy and politics, and a novel. He also co-edited The Deliberative Democracy Handbook (2006) with John Gastil and Engaging Young People in Civic Life (2009) with Jim Youniss and co-organized the writing of The Civic Mission of Schools, a report released by Carnegie Corporation of New York and CIRCLE in 2003 ( He has served on the boards or steering committees of AmericaSpeaks, Street Law, the Newspaper Association of America Foundation, the Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools, the Kettering Foundation, the American Bar Association Committee's for Public Education, the Paul J. Aicher Foundation, and the Deliberative Democracy Consortium.

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