Front Cover

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Preface

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pp. vii-ix

This book returns to the subject of my last book with the University Press of New England: Civic Literacy: How Informed Citizens Make Democracy Work. In the eight years since it was . . .

Part 1: Citizens in the Making

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1: Why Political Dropouts Matter

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pp. 3-30

The last phrase in the subtitle of this book is provocative: the expression “political dropout” evokes the image of young people who have withdrawn not from the world of education but from the world of . . .

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2: Political Socialization, Social Class, and Technological Transformation

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pp. 31-52

In the previous chapter, we introduced an approach based on political knowledge to the question of youth political participation—an approach that targets potential political dropouts. In this chapter, we . . .

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3: The Revolution in Information Technology

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pp. 53-76

In the first chapter, we introduced a way to approach the question of youth political participation based on political knowledge. In this chapter, we look at changes over time in the information media, the . . .

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4: Political Participation

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pp. 77-96

It’s time to get to the numbers: just how many young people vote? We have established that nowadays, for the most part, they turn out to vote at lower levels than did their parents and grandparents when . . .

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5: The Political Knowledge of Emerging Generations

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pp. 97-113

Getting the Internet generation to participate politically entails, first and foremost, instilling in them the habit of paying attention to public affairs. Th e data presented in chapter 4 that show . . .

Part 2: Institutions

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6: Political Institutions

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pp. 117-138

In this part of the book, we look at political institutions and their effect on informed youth political participation. So far, we have stressed the factors that contribute to a politically knowledgeable citizenry, and . . .

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7: The Electoral System

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pp. 139-154

In part 2, we seek to identify institutional arrangements found in advanced democracies that manage to maintain relatively high levels of informed political participation among young citizens, despite the . . .

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8: Who Should Vote, and When?

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pp. 155-172

In this chapter we continue to examine election rules, focusing on those directly affecting first-time potential voters. Measures along the lines discussed in this chapter would complement the reforms . . .

Part 3: Educating Tomorrow's Citizens

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9: Civic Education outside the Classroom

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pp. 175-193

It is time to focus on the institution whose mission is to impart knowledge. Chapter 2 pointed out that recent developments have placed a mounting burden of political socialization on the public school. But . . .

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10: The Challenge of Civic Education in the Internet Age

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pp. 195-216

I have argued from the start that we face a serious challenge in the phenomenon of political dropouts, and that any eff ective response to that challenge must address the upcoming generations’ political . . .

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Conclusion

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pp. 217-224

In the 1970s, the Swedish Social Democratic Party youth wing claimed over 80,000 members; in 2008, it had a paltry 2,000.1 That is an extraordinary drop. Although the party is still by far the largest in . . .

Appendix

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pp. 225-226

Notes

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pp. 227-264

Bibliography

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pp. 265-285

Index

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pp. 287-294

Back Cover

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