Measuring Civic Engagement

A recent article on the National Journal looks at the changing nature of civic engagement and what that means for political scientists seeking to study engagement. The article concludes:

The world has changed a lot since Robert Putnam wrote his seminal 2000 work Bowling Alone,chronicling the dissolution of traditional American communities. While it is still true that only about half of Americans vote, it is also true that galvanizing issues, like this summer’s police shooting in Ferguson, Missouri, are regularly trending on Twitter. As old institutions crumble, others will rise in their wake. It’s up to civic leaders to capitalize on those developments and recognize that communities are as active as ever.

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