The Internet Generation: Engaged Citizens Or Political Dropouts

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UPNE, Jul 31, 2010 - Political Science - 304 pages
Despite rising levels of education and mounting calls for increased democratic participation, recent years have seen a significant decline in voter turnout in many countries and the erosion of the sense of civic duty that brought earlier generations to the polls.
Henry Milner looks at the United States, Canada, Britain, Scandinavia, and the European Union to probe the decline of youth voting and attentiveness to politics, drawing lessons from observations of institutions, which could break down the wall between political life and "real" life that underlies political abstention among the Internet generation. Finding civic education the key to instilling habits of attentiveness to public affairs, especially among potential political dropouts, Milner sets out a series of ways to bring the issues--and the political parties' stance on them--to the classroom, including visits, simulations, and innovative use of media, old and new.
 

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Contents

Institutions
115
Educating Tomorrows Citizens
173
Appendix
225
Notes
227
Bibliography
265
Index
287
Back Cover
295
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HENRY MILNER is a political scientist at the University of Montreal in Canada and Umea University in Sweden, and co-editor of Inroads, a Canadian journal of policy and opinion.

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