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Book Download What Americans Know about Politics and Why It Matters by Michael X. Delli Carpini

Book Download What Americans Know about Politics and Why It Matters by Michael X. Delli Carpini

What Americans Know about Politics and Why It Matters

This book is the most comprehensive analysis ever written about the American public s factual knowledge of politics Drawing on extensive survey data, including much that is original, two experts in public opinion and political behavior find that many citizens are remarkably informed about the details of politics, while equally large numbers are nearly ignorant of politica This book is the most comprehensive analysis ever written about the American public s factual knowledge of politics Drawing on extensive survey data, including much that is original, two experts in public opinion and political behavior find that many citizens are remarkably informed about the details of politics, while equally large numbers are nearly ignorant of political facts And despite dramatic changes in American society and politics, citizens appear no or less informed today than half a century ago Michael X Delli Carpini and Scott Keeter demonstrate that informed persons are likely to participate, better able to discern their own interests, and likely to advocate those interests through political actions Who, then, is politically informed The authors provide compelling evidence that whites, men, and older, financially secure citizens have substantially knowledge about national politics than do blacks, women, young adults, and financially less well off citizens Thus citizens who are most disadvantaged socially and economically are least able to redress their grievances politically Yet the authors believe that a broader and equitably informed populace is possible The challenge to America, they conclude, lies in providing an environment in which the benefits of being informed are clearer, the tools for gaining information accessible, and the opportunities to learn about politics frequent, timely, and equitable

Title : What Americans Know about Politics and Why It Matters
Author :  Michael X. Delli Carpini
Language : English
Isbn : 0300072759
Format : Paperback
Pages : 416 pages

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