English title: Citizenship Norms and Political Participation in America: The Good News Is ... the Bad News Is Wrong

Author(s): Russell J. Dalton -

Language: English

Type: Report, working paper

Year: 2006

Abstract

What does it mean to be a citizen in America today? The special nature of the American political experience is central to our ideas about nation and citizenship. From John Winthrop’s description of colonial America as the shining city on the hill to Ronald Reagan’s reiteration of this imagery during his presidency, Americans have viewed the United States as the first new nation. Tocqueville’s Democracy in America and other studies have enriched this image of American citizenship and democracy, highlighting what is special about the American public. Indeed, this tradition of citizenship, participation, and democracy is central to the political history and academic scholarship on the United States (e.g., Lipset 1963, 1997; Almond and Verba 1963).

Edition: 0

Institution: Georgetown University

Number of pages: 15

Number: 1

Series: Occasional Paper