New Advances in the Study of Civic Voluntarism

Resources, Engagement, and Recruitment

Edited by Casey A. Klofstad
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294 pages
6 x 9
20 tables, 29 line drawings

Cutting-edge research by prominent social scientists on new topics and methods of inquiry in the field of civic participation

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Individuals who are civically active have three things in common: they have the capacity to do so, they want to, and they have been asked to participate. New Advances in the Study of Civic Voluntarism is dedicated to examining the continued influence of these factors—resources, engagement, and recruitment—on civic participation in the twenty-first century.

The contributors to this volume examine recent social, political, technological, and intellectual changes to provide the newest research in the field. Topics range from race and religion to youth in the digital age, to illustrate the continued importance of understanding the role of the everyday citizen in a democratic society.

Contributors include: Molly Andolina, Allison P. Anoll, Leticia Bode, Henry E. Brady, Traci Burch, Barry C. Burden, Andrea Louise Campbell, David E. Campbell, Sara Chatfield, Stephanie Edgerly, Zoltán Fazekas, Lisa García Bedolla, Peter K. Hatemi, John Henderson, Krista Jenkins, Yanna Krupnikov, Adam Seth Levine, Melissa R. Michelson, S. Karthick Ramakrishnan, Dinorah Sánchez Loza, Kay Lehman Schlozman, Dhavan Shah, Sono Shah, Kjerstin Thorson, Sidney Verba, Logan Vidal, Emily Vraga, Chris Wells, JungHwan Yang, and the editor.


“New Advances in the Study of Civic Voluntarism is an excellent contemporary companion volume to Voice and Equalit y, which has been the go-to book for anyone attempting to understand or teach about political participation for the past 20 years. Klofstad and his contributors make it clear how the theories and findings of that important book continue to inform our studies today. The impressive scholarship assembled here by leaders in the study of participation highlights the important advances in the literature since Voice and Equality was published, and points us all fruitfully toward the future of the field.
Katherine Cramer, Professor of Political Science and Director of the Morgridge Center for Public Service, University of Wisconsin-Madison

“New Advances in the Study of Civic Voluntarism presents a cohesive collection of essays from leading scholars of civic participation in celebration of the landmark Voice and Equality by Sidney Verba, Kay Lehman Schlozman, and Henry E. Brady. Each chapter reflects thoughtfully on the intellectual path trailblazed by Voice and Equality . The contributors synthesize the ensuing 20 years of research, and present new results to expand the analysis to contemporary topics like the internet and genetic determinants of political behavior. This book offers an excellent primer for contemporary studies in voter turnout.
David W. Nickerson, Associate Professor of Political Science, Temple University

Table of Contents


1. Introduction: Resources, Engagement, and Recruitment • Casey A. Klofstad

PART I Race and Religion
2. Voice, Equality, and Latino Civic Engagement • Lisa García Bedolla and Dinorah Sánchez Loza
3. Latinos, Asian Americans, and the Voluntarism/Voting Gap • S. Karthick Ramakrishnan and Sono Shah
4. Doing the Lord’s Work: How Religious Congregations Build Civic Skills • David E. Campbell

PART II Political Institutions and Public Policy
5. How Resources, Engagement, and Recruitment Are Shaped by Election Rules • Barry C. Burden and Logan Vidal
6. Political Participation and the Criminal Justice System • Traci Burch
7. Social Policy and Civic Participation • Andrea Louise Campbell

PART III Youth Civic Engagement in the Digital Age
8. Political Engagement within Parent-Child Dyads: Rethinking the Transmission Model of Socialization in Digital Media Environments • Leticia Bode, Emily K. Vraga, JungHwan Yang, Stephanie Edgerly, Kjerstin Thorson, Dhavan V. Shah, and Chris Wells
9. From Motivation to Action: Connecting Students’ Political Behavior to the Rationale for Engagement • Krista Jenkins and Molly W. Andolina

PART IV New Theories and Methods of Inquiry
10. Revisiting Recruitment: Insights from Get-Out-the-Vote Field Experiments • Allison P. Anoll and Melissa R. Michelson
11. Psyched about Participation • Yanna Krupnikov and Adam Seth Levine
12. Individual Differences Exist in Individual Characteristics: The Role of Disposition in Voice and Equality • Zoltán Fazekas and Peter K. Hatemi
13. Untangling the Education Effect: Moving Educational Interventions into the Experimental Frontier • Sara Chatfield and John Henderson

14. Conclusion: Why Did We Do It That Way Then? What Might We Do Differently Now? • Henry E. Brady, Kay Lehman Schlozman, and Sidney Verba


About the Author(s)

Casey A. Klofstad is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Miami and the author of Civic Talk: Peers, Politics, and the Future of Democracy (Temple).


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