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Education and democratic citizenship in America

Education and democratic citizenship in America

Nie, Norman H; Stehlik-Barry, Kenneth; Junn, Jane

Formal education is crucial for creating enlightened and active citizens. The better educated are more engaged, more knowledgeable, and more politically tolerant. Despite a dramatic increase in education attainment over the last quarter century, political engagement has not risen at a commensurate level. How and why education affects citizenship in these ways has until now been a puzzle. Norman H. Nie, Jane Junn, and Kenneth Stehlik-Barry provide answers by uncovering the causal relationship between education and democratic citizenship. They argue that citizenship encompasses both political engagement in pursuit of interests and commitment to democratic values that temper what citizens can do to win in politics. Education affects the two dimensions in distinct ways. Especially significant is the influence of education on political engagement through occupational prominence and position in social networks. Formal education orders the distribution of social position and connections and creates an uneven political playing field

Book. English.
Published Chicago : University of Chicago Press 1996

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Statement of responsibility: Norman H. Nie, Jane Junn, Kenneth Stehlik-Barry
ISBN: 0226583899, 9780226583891
Note: Includes bibliographical references (p. 249-261) and index.
Physical Description: xxi, 268 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
Subject: Citizenship United States.; Political participation United States.; Education United States.


  1. Figures and Tables
  2. 1: Education and Democratic Citizenship in America: Enlightened Political
  3. Engagement
  4. 2: Enlightened Political Engagement: Characteristics of Democratic
  5. Citizenship and Their Relationship to Education
  6. 3: What Links Education to Enlightened Political Engagement? Cognitive and
  7. Positional Pathways
  8. 4: Integrating and Testing the Model
  9. 5: Confirming the Enlightenment and Political Engagement Dimensions
  10. 6: Reconceptualizing Educational Effects
  11. 7: Education and Democratic Citizenship from the 1970's to the 1990's
  12. Defining and Operationalizing the Measures
  13. 8: Testing Educational Effects Over Time
  14. 9: Absolute and Relative Education in Synchronic Studies: Application to
  15. Cross-Sectional Surveys
  16. 10: Education and Democratic Citizenship in Other Nations: An Exploratory
  17. Comparative Analysis
  18. 11: The Future of Education and Democratic Citizenship: Some Implications
  19. of Our Findings
  20. App. A: 1990 Citizen Participation Study Questions
  21. App. B: Weighting Procedures for the 1990 Citizen Participation Study Data
  22. Martin Frankel
  23. App. C: Basic Model by Race and Gender
  24. App. D: Creating the Political Engagement and Enlightenment Scales
  25. App. E: Nonrecursive Specifications
  26. App. F: Educational Environment and Relative Education Measures
  27. Jean G. Jenkins
  28. App. G: Documentation of the Over Time Data
  29. App. H: Documentation of Unreported Coefficients
  30. Bibliography
  31. Index