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The Future of Democracy
Developing the Next Generation of American Citizens
Peter Levine

Tufts University Press



Contents

• List of Tables and Figures
• Preface
• Introduction
• WHAT IS CIVIC ENGAGEMENT?
• From Lists to a Definition
• Legitimate Public Concerns
• The ethics of Civic Engagement
• “Open-ended” Politics
• Conclusion
• WHY DO WE NEED BROAD CIVIC ENGAGEMENT?
• Democracy Should Not Depend on Civic Virtue Alone
• Civil Society is a Necessary Complement to the Government
• Equity Requires Broad Participation
• Institutions and Communities Work Better when People Participate
• Everyone Has Civic Needs
• Civic Engagement Is Linked to Culture
• Civic Participation Is Intrinsically Valuable
• Democracy as Learning
• MEASURES OF CIVIC ENGAGEMENT
• Participation in Associations
• Political Participation
• Political Voice
• Knowledge and “Cognitive Engagement”
• What about Resistance?
• Commitment to Purely Civic Goals
• Conclusion
• WHY DO WE NEED THE CIVIC ENGAGEMENT OF YOUNG PEOPLE?
• Young People Have Distinct Interests
• Civic Engagement Is Good For Young People
• Improving Youth Civic Engagement Is the Most Effective Way to Enhance Civil Society
• Youth Have an “Autonomous Culture” with Powerful Effects
• HOW ARE YOUTH ENGAGING TODAY?
• Trends in Behavior
• Trends in Values
• Differences by Income, Race, and Gender
• Civic Innovation among Young People
• WHAT ARE THE BARRIERS TO CIVIC EDUCATION?
• Civic Education Is a “Public Good”
• The Citizenship of Choice
• Technocracy
• The Lack of a “Civics” Discipline
• Implications
• CIVIC LEARNING IN SCHOOL
• Courses
• Discussions of Current Issues
• Student “Voice” in Schools
• Service-Learning
• Extracurricular Activities
• Simulations
• Controversies in School-Based Civic Education
• Implications for Policy
• CIVIC LEARNING IN COMMUNITIES
• Community Youth Development in After-School Settings
• Digital Media Creation
• Youth Participation in Local Government
• DEVELOPMENTS IN HIGHER EDUCATION
• A Generational Story
• New Scholarly Attention to “The Public”
• New Forms of Public Work
• Policy Implications
• INSTITUTIONAL REFORMS
• Comprehensive High School Reform
• New Forms of Journalism
• Political Reforms
• YOUTH CIVIC ENGAGEMENT WITHIN A BROADER CIVIC RENEWAL MOVEMENT
• Elements of the Movement
• The Strength and Growth of the Movement
• Political Leadership for Civic Renewal
• Notes
• Bibliography
• Index

Fri, 19 May 2017 13:29:38 -0500