Whose Democracy? Participation & Public Policy in the US
Overview of patterns in Americans' engagement and disengagement from civic life. Examination of why people do (and do not) participation. Skews based on gender, race, ideology, and class differences. Role of American interest groups and social movements in policy change. Influence of public policies (e.g., federal tax laws, participation requirements, programs such as AmeriCorps) on civic and political participation.