How Ordinary Americans Keep Democracy Alive
Civic Hope is a history of what everyday Americans say - in their own words - about the government overseeing their lives.
|auteur:||Hart, Roderick P. (university Of Texas, Austin)|
|Uitgever:||Cambridge University Press|
|Plaats van publicatie:||03|
|NUR:||Bestuurs- en beleidskunde|
|Afmetingen:||228 x 152 x 20|
Roderick P. Hart holds the Shivers Chair in Communication and is Professor of Government at the University of Texas, Austin. Former dean of the Moody College of Communication and founding director of the Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life, Hart is the author or editor of fifteen books, the most recent of which is Political Tone: What Leaders Say and Why (2013). Hart has been named a Fellow of the International Communication Association, a Distinguished Scholar by the National Communication Association, and received the Edelman Career Award from the American Political Science Association. He is also a member of the Academy of Distinguished Teachers at the University of Texas, Austin.
Advance praise: 'How is participatory democracy maintained and renewed? Rodrick P. Hart persuasively argues that it is through the expression of ordinary citizens, their concerns, their arguments and their complaints, as found in the letters to the editors of local newspapers. In tracing these texts across 60 years and a range of geographic contexts, he reveals and reminds that citizen discourse is often the best indicator of public opinion, and that the voices of ordinary people are critical to the health of democracy.' Dhavan V. Shah, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Part I. The Need for Civic Hope: 1. Can politics be fixed?; 2. Can citizenship be revived?; 3. Is civic hope the answer?; Part II. The Search for Civic Hope: 4. People who write letters; 5. People who read letters; Part III. The Texture of Civic Hope: 6. Why letters are compelling; 7. Why letters are irritating; 8. How letters have changed; 9. How letters differ; Part IV. The Future of Civic Hope: 10. Sustaining a culture of argument; Appendices; Index.
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