ERIC Number: ED450054
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Reference Count: N/A
The Case for Representative Democracy: What Americans Should Know about Their Legislatures.
Rosenthal, Alan; Kurtz, Karl T.; Hibbing, John; Loomis, Burdett
This guide is a revised and adapted version of a previous monograph, "A New Public Perspective on Representative Democracy: A Guide for Legislative Interns." The guide focuses on civic perspective: how citizens view the political institutions, processes, and people that are fundamental to representative democracy in the United States. It describes the core features of representative democracy in the U.S. Congress and the state legislatures and provides exercises that enable people to make judgments about the U.S. political system. On-line resource materials augment the guide. The following chapters comprise the bulk of the guide: (1) "What Makes Legislators Tick?"; (2) "How Legislators Are Linked to Constituents"; (3) "Where People Stand"; (4) "How Special Are Interests?"; (5)"Why the Process Is Contentious"; and (6) "What Makes the System Accountable?" Contains 4 figures, 8 tables, and a resource list of books, magazines, and Web sites. (BT)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Citizen Participation, Citizenship Education, Democracy, Government (Administrative Body), Government Role, Legislation, Legislators, Political Attitudes, Political Issues, Political Power, Public Affairs Education, Secondary Education, Social Studies
National Conference of State Legislatures, 1560 Broadway, Suite 700, Denver, CO 80202 (No. 9390: $10); Tel: 303-830-2200; Fax: 303-863-8003; E-mail: (INFO@NCSL.ORG); Web site: http://www.ncsl.org/.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Conference of State Legislatures, Denver, CO.; American Political Science Association, Washington, DC.; Center for Civic Education, Calabasas, CA.; Indiana Univ., Bloomington. Center on Congress.
Identifiers - Location: United States