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The Resource Running from office : why young Americans are turned off to politics, Jennifer L. Lawless and Richard L. Fox

Running from office : why young Americans are turned off to politics, Jennifer L. Lawless and Richard L. Fox

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Running from office : why young Americans are turned off to politics
Title
Running from office
Title remainder
why young Americans are turned off to politics
Statement of responsibility
Jennifer L. Lawless and Richard L. Fox
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Language
eng
Summary
  • "The past two decades of politics in Washington have seen increased partisanship, prolonged stalemates, and numerous scandals. For today's teenagers and young adults, years of ineffective and inefficient political leadership have completely eroded any sense that politicians or government have the ability to do good or effect positive change. Worse, the mean-spirited, dysfunctional political system that has come to characterize American politics has turned young people off to the idea of running for office. With more than 500,000 elected positions in the United States, what will happen when this generation is expected to take the reins of political power? Through an original, national survey of more than 4,000 high school and college students, as well as more than 100 in-depth interviews, Jennifer L. Lawless and Richard L. Fox find that young Americans feel completely alienated from contemporary politics and express little ambition or aspiration to run for office in the future. The overwhelming majority see nothing particularly noble about those currently in office, viewing most as dishonest, self-interested, and disinterested in helping their constituents. These young people want to improve their communities and enact change in the world; but they don't think politics is the way to achieve these goals. In fact, they look disdainfully upon the prospects of growing up to be a mayor, governor, senator, or even president of the United States. Running from Office explores young people's opinions about contemporary politics and their political ambition (or lack of it). The book paints a political profile of the next generation that should sound alarm bells about the long-term, deeply embedded damage contemporary politics has wrought on U.S. democracy and its youngest citizens. As disheartening as their conclusions sound, Lawless and Fox end with practical suggestions for how new technologies, national service programs, and well-strategized public service campaigns could generate political ambition in young people. Today's high school and college students care deeply about improving the future, and it's not too late to ensure that they view running for office as an effective way to do so"--
  • "Running from Office is the first analysis of young people's political ambition, based on a national poll of over 4000 high school and college students. It has been well-documented that political socialization begins early in life, but this will be the first consideration of the way that political socialization influences political ambition among youth. In it, the authors delve into how young people view political figures, what traits they see as necessary for political success, and how they view their own suitability to run for office. Lawless and Fox also consider how the attitudes of older generations condition young people's political ambition, as well as how ambition varies according to factors including gender, race, religion, geographic region and income (finding that gender is the only significant factor). In addition to their own research, they leverage public opinion data about young people's attitudes toward government, trust in politicians and political institutions, and patterns of civic engagement to demonstrate declines over time. But their message does not end with hand-wringing - importantly the authors provide suggestions based on their own survey data and evidence that can be used to generate heightened levels of political ambition among today's young people, including better governance, civic education, voluntary community and national service programs, and political and media campaigns geared to mobilize young people"--
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1975-
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Lawless, Jennifer L.
Dewey number
320.408350973
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
HQ799.9.P6
LC item number
.L395 2015
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
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Fox, Richard Logan
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  • Young adults
  • Young adults
  • Students
  • Students
  • Political participation
  • Political culture
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Running from office : why young Americans are turned off to politics, Jennifer L. Lawless and Richard L. Fox
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Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
EBC1987676
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (229 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780199397655
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Note
Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, MI : ProQuest, 2015. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest affiliated libraries.
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illustrations, graphs
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unknown sound
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remote
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  • (MiAaPQ)EBC1987676
  • (Au-PeEL)EBL1987676
  • (CaPaEBR)ebr11031222
  • (CaONFJC)MIL750646
  • (OCoLC)904694265
Label
Running from office : why young Americans are turned off to politics, Jennifer L. Lawless and Richard L. Fox
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
EBC1987676
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (229 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780199397655
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Note
Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, MI : ProQuest, 2015. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest affiliated libraries.
Other physical details
illustrations, graphs
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (MiAaPQ)EBC1987676
  • (Au-PeEL)EBL1987676
  • (CaPaEBR)ebr11031222
  • (CaONFJC)MIL750646
  • (OCoLC)904694265

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