Civic Education Committee Publishes Book with Brookings Civic Education Committee Publishes Book with Brookings Democracy at Risk

The APSA and Brookings Institution Press has published Democracy at Risk: How Political Choices Undermine Citizen Participation, and What We Can Do About It, by Stephen Macedo and eighteen other leading political scientists. The book resulted from the work of the 2004 APSA Committee on Civic Education and Engagement.

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The APSA and Brookings Institution Press has published Democracy at Risk: How Political Choices Undermine Citizen Participation, and What We Can Do About It, by Stephen Macedo and eighteen other leading political scientists. This book resulted from the work of and is sponsored by the APSA Committee on Civic Education and Engagement. The book examines and describes civic trends, locates the sources of our civic debility, and provides an agenda for reform.

Democracy at Risk examines the trend toward civic disengagement, locates the sources of civic debility in the United States, and provides an agenda for reform and rehabilitation.

Endorsements:

"Historically, American political science did not content itself with describing our politics through magnificent charts and the ingenious use of statistics. It had a moral commitment to strengthening our democracy and expanding political participation. This important and exciting manifesto is true to both callings. It is brilliantly analytical but also eloquent and practical in proposing reforms to improve our practice of politics. At a time when our country is busily selling the democratic idea to the rest of the world, we need to tend our own civic life. Here's hoping that Democracy at Risk inspires the national and grass roots debate we badly need." -- E.J. Dionne Jr., syndicated columnist and author of Why Americans Hate Politics 

"Democracy at Risk  will undoubtedly be an important milestone in the intellectual development of research and thinking about civic engagement. It is coherent, well written, and interesting, and would be ideal for course adoption." -- Henry Brady, University of California, Berkeley 

 "Democracy at Risk is an important resource for teaching and for guiding further research on citizen participation. It is clearly written and accessible to people outside as well as within the academy. An impressive collaboration  of which political scientists can be proud, this book should be of  interest to all who care about the state of citizenship, and what may be done to improve it." -- Theda Skocpol, Victor S. Thomas Professor of Government and Sociology, and Director of the Center for American Political Studies, Harvard University

The following leading political scientists contributed to Democracy at Risk:

Stephen Macedo (APSA Committee on Civic Education and Engagement Chair), Princeton University
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Yvette M. Alex-Assensoh, Indiana University
Jeffrey M. Berry, Tufts University
Michael Brintnall, American Political Science Association
David E. Campbell, University of Notre Dame 
Luis Ricardo Fraga, Stanford University
Archon Fung, Harvard University
William A. Galston, University of Maryland-College Park
Christopher F. Karpowitz, Princeton University
Margaret Levi, University of Washington
Meira Levinson, Boston Public Schools
Keena Lipsitz, Queens College, City University of New York
Richard G. Niemi, University of Rochester
Robert D. Putnam, Harvard University
Wendy M. Rahn, University of Minnesota 
Rob Reich, Stanford University 
Robert R. Rodgers, Princeton University
Todd Swanstrom, Saint Louis University
Katherine Cramer Walsh, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Review and/or order the book:

  • Read more about the book or order a copy directly from the Brookings Institute website: http://www.brookings.edu/press/books/democracyatrisk.htm