ERIC Number: ED342704
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Doing Politics: An Owner's Manual for Public Life.
Boyte, Harry C.; Hogg, Kathryn Stoff
This study guide is designed to be used by any group of people interested in examining and strengthening the ways in which politics works tody. An argument is made that politics suffers because U.S. society largely has lost a strong sense of public life--a challenging, diverse, and dynamic arena beyond one's immediate family and friendship circles. Persons who use this guide are encouraged to think about and debate this view of public life, and then to discuss how politics is done today by evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of several common "modes" or definitions of politics: institutional, protests, service, and community-based problem solving. A final portion of the guide looks at "citizen politics" where people learn how to put public life back into politics. The central idea of citizen politics is that in public life people can learn the skills and develop the power to take leadership in solving society's problems on local, state, and national levels. Each of the six study sessions in the manual are followed by questions for discussion. The sessions are: (1) Traditions and Changes; (2) Institutional Politics: Representative Government; (3) Protest Politics: Citizens on the March; (4) Service Politics: Helping One Another; (5) Community Politics: Neighborhood Self-Help; and (6) Citizen Politics: People Taking Charge. Two appendices are included: the first contains suggestions on how to use this guide and the second lists 37 readings relevant to the themes of the guide. (DB)
Descriptors: Citizen Participation, Citizenship Education, Citizenship Responsibility, Community Responsibility, Democratic Values, Leadership Responsibility, Political Issues, Politics, Public Affairs Education, Social Problems
Project Public Life, Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota, 301 19th Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55455 ($8.00).
Publication Type: Guides - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Minnesota Univ., Minneapolis. Hubert H. Humphrey Inst. of Public Affairs.