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The Good Citizen: How A Younger Generation Is Reshaping American Politics, Revised Edition Paperback – December 19, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-1604265569 ISBN-10: 1604265566 Edition: 0th

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: CQ Press (December 19, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1604265566
  • ISBN-13: 978-1604265569
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #169,167 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Good Citizen will be an outstanding addition to my list of required texts. I expect my students to respond very favorably: at long last there is a book that speaks favorably of youth rather than finding them wanting of cherished values and norms. There is no question that students will read this book, and likely bring it to the attention of parents, grandparents, former teachers, clergy, and myriad others who have criticized them for the way they have chosen to adapt to the contemporary world of high tech, global scope, and high-paced change taking place in a setting where established governments seem rather helpless to direct change toward a healthful and secure future. This is an exceptional book-the core idea is timely and important, the message will resonate extremely well with students (and younger faculty), and the data upon which it is based is first-rate and cleverly presented. I have no question that it will receive a great deal of attention-and be widely adopted. --Nicholas P. Lovrich, Washington State University

Russell J. Dalton's The Good Citizen shows that all the hand-wringing and pessimism about the collapse of citizenship in America is vastly overstated. Dalton gives a sophisticated and deep picture of what citizenship means, and shows how America's youth are in many ways far more engaged and more functional in their approach to their country than conventional wisdom suggests. This well-written, well-researched, and well- reasoned book is a must read for all the politicians, pundits and political scientists who have written and spoken for many years about the decline in citizen engagement in America. --Norman Ornstein, American Enterprise Institute

The conventional wisdom in political science is that younger voters fail the tests of citizenship in that they vote less than others, and are generally less knowledgeable and interested in government. The Good Citizen presents evidence that runs counter to this view and provides an expanded definition of what Russ Dalton calls 'engaged citizenship'. This provocative thesis is supported by a wide range of data and will foster a healthy debate about the meaning of civic engagement and the future of democracy. --David B. Magleby, Brigham Young University

About the Author

Russell Dalton is professor of political science 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 recently 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 Oxford Handbook of Political Behavior (2007), Citizens, Democracy and Markets around the Pacific Rim (2006), Citizen Politics, 4th edition (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).

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Russell Dalton is a professor of political science at the University of California, Irvine. His research and teaching focuses on the role of citizens in the political process, and how democracies can better address public preferences and the democratic ideal. He has authored or edited more than twenty books and more than a 150 research articles. Dalton has been awarded the Developing Scholar Award by Florida State University, a Fulbright Research Fellowship, Scholar-in-Residence at the Barbra Streisand Center, German Marshall Fund Research Fellowship, the POSCO Fellowship at the East West Center, and the UCI Emeriti Award for Faculty Mentorship. He was founding director of the Center for the Study of Democracy at UC Irvine.

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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kylie on February 15, 2013
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Easy to read and interesting, I was reading chapters ahead of where we were in class and continued reading past the required pages. It really sucks you in and holds your attention. Loved it!
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