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- DescriptionAny searching look at the theory and practice of citizenship in the United States today is bewildering and disconcerting. Despite earnest concern for participation, access, and leverage, there is a widespread perception that thing citizens do has much meaning or influence. This book argues that for American democracy to work in the twenty-first century, renewed interest in teaching the nation's young citizens a sense of the public good is imperative. All of the nation's founders, especially Adams, Jefferson, Franklin, and Madison, addressed the question of whether and how a citizen can make a difference in the American political process. This concern harkens back even farther, to Locke, Erasmus, and Aristotle. Today, one obstacle to good citizenship is the social scientific turn in political science. Leaders in civic education in the twentieth century eschewed grand ideas and moral principles in favour of a focus on behaviourism and competitive, liberal politics. Ather problem is the growing belief that the government has business promoting the public good through the support of religious, educational, or cultural efforts. Ralph Ketcham vividly depicts the relationship of private self-interest and public-spirited action as these pertain to citizenship and good government. This is an enlightening book for the general reader, as well as for students, professional social scientists, and political philosophers.
- Author BiographyRalph Ketcham is Maxwell Professor Emeritus of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University, USA. He is the author of many books, including The Idea of Democracy in the Modern Era and Individualism and Public Life.
- Author(s)Ralph Ketcham
- PublisherTransaction Publishers
- Date of Publication30/08/2015
- SubjectPolitical Ideologies & Parties
- Place of PublicationSomerset, NJ
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintTransaction Publishers
- Weight476 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine23 mm
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