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American Citizen Participation Study, 1990
This dataset is the result of a comprehensive study (the American Citizen Participation Study) covering all forms of voluntary participation in America, including involvement in politics, religion, and organizational life.

Related Reports
Sidney Verba, Kay Lehman Schlozman, and Henry E. Brady
Voice and Equality: Civic Voluntarism in American Politics
Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1995.

Book Abstract: "Voice and Equality" confirms Alexis de Tocqueville's idea, dating back a century and a half, that American democracy is rooted in civil society. Citizens' involvement in family, school, work, voluntary associations, and religion has a significant impact on their participation as voters, campaigners, donors, community activists, and protestors. The study shows how people come to be active, in politics through their motivations, their resources, and their social networks. The study argues that meaningful democratic participation requires that the voices of citizens be clear loud, and equal: clear so that public officials know what citizens want and need, loud so that officials have an incentive to pay attention to what they hear, and equal so that the democratic ideal of equal responsiveness to the preferences and interest of all is not violated. The book concludes that the public's voice is often loud, sometimes clear, but rarely equal.

Related Data Files
This dataset and associated documentation is now available from ICPSR as study # 6635.

Non-ICPSR members may contact: ucdata@berkeley.edu to request access to the files.
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