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Is Voting for Young People? (Great Questions in Politics) 3rd Edition

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For years, political scientists have told their students that it doesn’t make a difference whether they vote because one vote won’t make a difference.  This book is antidote to that argument.

- Richard Niemi, University of Rochester

 

Marty Wattenberg's new book is a brilliant analysis of a big and growing problem in modern democracies; it is also an urgently needed wake-up call.  How can we call ourselves a democracy if fewer and fewer people participate in elections and, in addition, if these voters are far from representative of the whole population?  The author's recommendations for remedial action, including the adoption of mandatory voting, deserve the most serious consideration.

- Arend Lijphart, Professor Emeritus of Political Science, University of California — San Diego   

 

This text is likely to become one of the seminal works on voting — readers of all levels cannot help but be impressed by the clarity and strength of Wattenberg’s answer to why young people do not vote, and his solution will spur debate about the meanings of democracy, rights, and responsibilities.

- Sean Matheson, Knox College

 

This is first-rate scholarship.  Wattenberg synthesizes the current scholarship in the field of voter turnout, and integrates competing theories in an accessible manner. Wattenberg’s [book] makes an important contribution to our understanding of voter participation, while at the same time speaking directly to young people. 

- Miki Kittilson, Arizona State University

 

This is a fine example of putting first rate social science research in the service of larger normative concerns.  Not everyone will agree with Wattenberg's prescription, but his description of the disengagement of younger citizens here and in other advanced democracies, his explanation for their disengagement, and his identification of the consequences of their disengagement are compelling.

- Morris Fiorina, Stanford University

 

Everyone who seeks to understand today's politics, and tomorrow's, ought to read Martin P. Wattenberg's marvelous new book. Today's young adults are not like yesterday's. Even if you had thought they are less interested in politics and in news, you're going to be surprised by how much less involved they are. Democracy here and in Europe faces the disturbing challenge of how to get young people to take part in their governing.

- Thomas E. Patterson, Bradlee Professor of Government and the Press, Harvard University

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“For years, political scientists have told their students that it doesn’t make a difference whether they vote because one vote won’t make a difference.  This book is antidote to that argument.” – Richard Niemi, University of Rochester

 

Marty Wattenberg's new book is a brilliant analysis of a big and growing problem in modern democracies; it is also an urgently needed wake-up call.  How can we call ourselves a democracy if fewer and fewer people participate in elections and, in addition, if these voters are far from representative of the whole population?  The author's recommendations for remedial action, including the adoption of mandatory voting, deserve the most serious consideration.

- Arend Lijphart, Professor Emeritus of Political Science, University of California – San Diego   

 

This text is likely to become one of the seminal works on voting – readers of all levels cannot help but be impressed by the clarity and strength of Wattenberg’s answer to why young people do not vote, and his solution will spur debate about the meanings of democracy, rights, and responsibilities.

- Sean Matheson, Knox College

 

This is first-rate scholarship.  Wattenberg synthesizes the current scholarship in the field of voter turnout, and integrates competing theories in an accessible manner. Wattenberg’s [book] makes an important contribution to our understanding of voter participation, while at the same time speaking directly to young people. 

- Miki Kittilson, Arizona State University

 

This is a fine example of putting first rate social science research in the service of larger normative concerns.  Not everyone will agree with Wattenberg's prescription, but his description of the disengagement of younger citizens here and in other advanced democracies, his explanation for their disengagement, and his identification of the consequences of their disengagement are compelling.

- Morris Fiorina, Stanford University

 

Everyone who seeks to understand today's politics, and tomorrow's, ought to read Martin P. Wattenberg's marvelous new book. Today's young adults are not like yesterday's. Even if you had thought they are less interested in politics and in news, you're going to be surprised by how much less involved they are. Democracy here and in Europe faces the disturbing challenge of how to get young people to take part in their governing.

- Thomas E. Patterson, Bradlee Professor of Government and the Press, Harvard University

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Series: Great Questions in Politics
  • Paperback: 246 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 3 edition (October 27, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0205217729
  • ISBN-13: 978-0205217724
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #669,226 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Catherine R. Setzer on January 10, 2007
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Martin Wattenberg addresses the issue of civic participation among the young in his other writing but takes on the issues in the whole of this book. Unfortuneately he did not really raise any new issues or answer them any differently than he did in previous books- he just gave a more in depth look at the issue. If you've read other Wattenberg books I don't think you'll find this one up to par, but if you are a researcher of youth participation it's worth the quick read.
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I received the book one day earlier than expected, thank you Amazon ! This book is great for anyone interested in issues regarding the youth vote, it uses figures and facts such as the decline of the consumption of hard news to explain why young voters care less about politics.
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This book is far from being a scholarly work. The author is presumably old, and has a great hatred for the world's youth. Nearly the entire book says the exact same thing, life isn't what it used to be and I'm going to blame young people, because I'm not one of them. Besides misrepresenting facts and statistics, Wattenberg hurls his bigotry at you in a most arrogant and unintelligible fashion. Anyone judges someones intelligence based on whether or not they read the newspaper is clearly too judgemental and out dated for paying any mind. Save your time and money, this pile belongs in the rubbish bin.
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