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Is Voting for Young People? (Great Questions in Politics)


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Updated in a 3rd edition, Is Voting for Young People? explores the reasons why the young are less likely to follow politics and vote in the United States, as well as in many other established democracies.  This brief, accessible, and provocative book suggests ways of changing that, and now includes a chapter on young people's role in the 2008 and 2010 elections.

Table of Contents

Preface to the 2012 Edition 



An Overview


CHAPTER 1: The Aging of Regular Newspaper Readers

Who Reads a Newspaper Every Day Anymore?

Has Reading a Newspaper for Political Content Changed?

Can Similar Patterns Be Found in Other Established Democracies?

Do Young Adults Just Not Like to Read?

Conclusion: A Future for Newspapers?


CHAPTER 2: The Aging Audience for Politics on TV

Is Network TV News a Dying Dinosaur?

Is Cable News Picking Up the Slack?

Where Have All the Water-Cooler Shows Gone?

Can Similar Patterns Be Found in Other Established Democracies?

Conclusion: Can Soft News Save the Day?  


CHAPTER 3: Don’t Ask Anyone Under 30

Have Young People Become Less Likely to Follow Political Events?

What News Stories Did Young People Follow in 2004?

Is this the Least Politically Knowledgeable Generation  of American Youth Ever?

Are Young People in Other Democracies Similarly  Clueless About Politics?

Conclusion: The Impact of Political Knowledge

Appendix to Chapter 3


CHAPTER 4: Where Have All the Young Voters Gone?

Turnout by Age in American Presidential Elections Since 1964

Turnout by Age in Parliamentary Elections: Change  Over Three Decades

The Turnout Gap in American Second-Order Elections

The Turnout Gap in Second-Order Elections in  Other Established Democracies

Conclusion: Was Lowering the Voting Age a Mistake?


CHAPTER 5: Do Young Adults See Voting  as a Civic Duty?

Have Young Americans Become Less Likely to View  Voting as a Duty?

Can Similar Trends Be Found in Other Democracies?

Conclusion: A Window into the Future?


CHAPTER 6: Does Low Youth Turnout Really Matter?

Does Position in the Life-Cycle Affect Policy Positions?

Is there a Generation Gap in American Voting Behavior?

Are There Age Gaps in Ideology and Voting Behavior  in Other Countries?

Conclusion: A Government for Older People?


CHAPTER 7: A New Civic Engagement Among Young People?

Are Today’s Young People the Volunteer Generation?

Have Young People Become More Involved in Community Problem

Solving and Contacting Governmental Officials?

Conclusion: Young People’s Place in the Forest of Political Participation


CHAPTER 8: Young People’s Role in the 2008 and 2010 Elections

Has the Internet Changed Age Patterns of Political Attention?

Did Young People Tune in to the 2008 Conventions & Presidential Debates?

Did the Campaigns Really Reach Out to Young People in 2008?

How Much Did Young People Participate in the 2008 Nomination Process?

Did Young People Vote at Higher Rates in the 2008 General Election?

Where Did All the Young Voters Go in 2010?

Conclusion:  Last Place in Turnout is Nothing to Crow About


CHAPTER 9: What Can Be Done?

How to Improve Turnout Rates Without Compulsory Voting

Want a Solution? Consider Compulsory Voting

How Much Support is There for Compulsory Voting?

Is Talk of Compulsory Voting at All Realistic?



Name Index

Subject Index

Product Details

Wattenberg, Martin P.
Sociology - General
General Political Science
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Great Questions in Politics
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