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By Casey Klofstad

Does speaking approximately civic matters inspire civic participation? In his leading edge publication, Civic speak, Casey Klofstad indicates that our discussions approximately politics and present occasions with our pals, colleagues, and relatives—"civic talk"—has the power to show proposal into action—from balloting to volunteering in civic organizations.

Klofstad’s direction breaking study is the 1st to discover facts of a causal courting among the informal chatting and civic participation. He employs survey details and concentration teams such as randomly assigned collage freshman roommates to teach this habit in motion. Klofstad additionally illustrates how civic speak varies less than diverse situations and the way the results can final years into the longer term. according to those findings, Klofstad contends that social context performs a valuable function in protecting the energy of democracy. This end cuts opposed to the grain of earlier examine, which essentially makes a speciality of individual-level determinants of civic participation, and negates social-level motives.

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Finally, does the effect of civic talk last beyond the initial point of exposure? The third and final wave of the C-SNIP Panel Survey is used to answer this question. These data show that the effect of civic talk lasts beyond the initial point of exposure—in this case, three years into the future. Further analysis shows that the boost in civic participation initially after engaging in civic talk is the mechanism by which the effect of civic talk lasts into the future. In whole, this final set of results further illustrates the significant and lasting effect that conversations about politics and current events have on participatory democracy.

P. cm. Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN 978-1-4399-0272-1 (cloth : alk. paper) ISBN 978-1-4399-0274-5 (electronic) 1. Communication in politics—United States. 2 Communication—Political aspects—United States. 3. Political participation—United States. I. Title. 48-1992 Printed in the United States of America 2 4 6 8 9 7 5 3 1 For Rindy Contents Preface ix Acknowledgments xi 1 Introduction 1 2 Civic Talk and Civic Participation 11 3 Does Civic Talk Cause Civic Participation? 29 4 Why Does Civic Talk Cause Civic Participation?

As discussed earlier, the literature on public deliberation shows that individuals become more informed about politics through the process of formulating policy options with other citizens (Barabas 2004; Delli Carpini et al. 2004; Page and Shapiro 1992; Mendelberg 2002). Works on social capital and cooperation illustrate that interacting with fellow citizens causes individuals to have a greater sense of attachment to community, which leads to more frequent participation in civic activities (Dawes et al.

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