Diminished Democracy
From Membership to Management in American Civic Life
$29.95 Paperback

Association for Research on Non-Profit Organizations and Voluntary Action, (Finalist), Outstanding Book in Non Profit and Voluntary Action Research

Pundits and social observers have voiced alarm each year as fewer Americans involve themselves in voluntary groups that meet regularly. Thousands of nonprofit groups have been launched in recent times, but most are run by professionals who lobby Congress or deliver social services to clients. What will happen to U.S. democracy if participatory groups and social movements wither, while civic involvement becomes one more occupation rather than every citizen’s right and duty? In Diminished Democracy, Theda Skocpol shows that this decline in public involvement has not always been the case in this country—and how, by understanding the causes of this change, we might reverse it.


About The Author

Theda Skocpol is Victor S. Thomas Professor of Government and Sociology and Director of the Center for American Political Studies at Harvard University. She is the author of numerous books, including Protecting Soldiers and Mothers: The Political Origins of Social Policy in the United States and The Missing Middle: Working Families and the Future of American Social Policy.

Book Information
5 b&w illus., 6 tables, 29 charts/graphs
388 Pages
Paperback 978-0-8061-3627-1
Kindle 978-0-8061-5016-1
e-pub 978-0-8061-5017-8
Published June 2013