Is Voting for Young People?

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  • Edition: 3rd
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  • Copyright: 2011-10-27
  • Publisher: Routledge

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Updated in a 3rdedition, 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 Third Editionp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introductionp. 1
An Overviewp. 4
The Aging of Regular Newspaper Readersp. 7
Who Reads a Newspaper Every Day Anymore?p. 10
Has Reading a Newspaper for Political Content Changed?p. 14
Can Similar Patterns Be Found in Other Established Democracies?p. 16
Do Young Adults Just Not Like to Read?p. 23
Conclusion: A Future for Newspapers?p. 25
The Aging Audience for Politics on TVp. 21
Is Network TV News a Dying Dinosaur?p. 31
Is Cable News Picking up the Slack?p. 36
Where Have All the Water-Cooler Shows Gone?p. 39
Can Similar Patterns Be Found in Other Established Democracies?p. 45
Conclusion: Can Soft News Save the Day?p. 53
Don't Ask Anyone Under 30p. 55
Have Young People Become Less Likely to Follow Political Events?p. 56
What News Stories Did Young People Follow in 2004?p. 64
Is This the Least Politically Knowledgeable Generation of American Youth Ever?p. 68
Are Young People in Other Democracies Similarly Clueless About Politics?p. 73
Conclusion: The Impact of Political Knowledgep. 82
Appendix to Chapter 3p. 84
Where Have All the Young Voters Gone?p. 87
Turnout by Age in American Presidential Elections Since 1964p. 89
Turnout by Age in Parliamentary Elections: Change over Three Decadesp. 95
The Turnout Gap in American Second-Order Electionsp. 99
The Turnout Gap in Second-Order Elections in Other Established Democraciesp. 110
Conclusion: Was Lowering the Voting Age a Mistake?p. 115
Do Young Adults See Voting as a Civic Duty?p. 117
Have Young Americans Become Less Likely to View Voting as a Duty?p. 119
Can Similar Trends Be Found in Other Democracies?p. 124
Conclusion: A Window Into the Future?p. 127
Does Low Youth Turnout Really Matter?p. 129
Does Position in the Life Cycle Affect Policy Positions?p. 131
Is There a Generation Gap in American Voting Behavior?p. 138
Are There Age Gaps in Ideology and Voting Behavior in Other Countries?p. 141
Conclusion: A Government for Older People?p. 146
A New Civic Engagement Among Young People?p. 149
Are Today's Young People the Volunteer Generation?p. 151
Have Young People Become More Involved in Community Problem Solving and Contacting Governmental Officials?p. 157
Have Young People Turned to Unconventional Forms of Political Participation?p. 162
Conclusion: Young People's Place in the Forest of Political Participationp. 167
Young People's Role in the 2008 and 2010 Electionsp. 169
Has the Internet Changed Age Patterns of Political Attention?p. 171
Did Young People Tune in to the 2008 Conventions and Presidential Debates?p. 175
Did the Campaigns Really Reach out to Young People in 2008?p. 176
How Much Did Young People Participate in the 2008 Nomination Process?p. 180
Did Young People Vote at Higher Rates in the 2008 General Election?p. 184
Where Did All the Young Voters Go in 2010?p. 186
Conclusion: Last Place in Turnout Is Nothing to Crow Aboutp. 189
What Can Be Done?p. 191
How to Improve Turnout Rates Without Compulsory Voting?p. 191
Want a Solution? Consider Compulsory Votingp. 196
How Much Support Is There for Compulsory Voting?p. 198
Is Talk of Compulsory Voting at All Realistic?p. 202
Endnotesp. 205
Indexp. 217
Name Indexp. 211
Subject Indexp. 219
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