United States: From Membership to Advocacy

Theda Skocpol

in Democracies in Flux

Published in print August 2002 | ISBN: 9780195150896
Published online April 2004 | e-ISBN: 9780199834938 | DOI:
 United States: From Membership to Advocacy

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This chapter examines why voluntary associations in the United States were special, and how these fostered a special degree and kind of popular democratic engagement. Voluntary associations involved popular participation and mobilized people of different occupational and class backgrounds into the same or parallel groups. These served as schools of democratic citizenship by providing a large number of citizens with opportunities for active participation and democratic leverage.

Keywords: United States; voluntary association; democratic engagement

Chapter.  12375 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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