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The Political Psychology of Democratic Citizenship$
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Eugene Borgida, Christopher M Federico, and John L Sullivan

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195335453

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195335453.001.0001

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What Has Political Psychology to Offer Regarding Democratic Citizenship?

What Has Political Psychology to Offer Regarding Democratic Citizenship?

(p.357) Chapter 16 What Has Political Psychology to Offer Regarding Democratic Citizenship?
The Political Psychology of Democratic Citizenship

George E. Marcus (Contributor Webpage)

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A large body of psychological research on citizen competence has resoundingly suggested that citizens are ill-equipped to meet the demands of sound democratic decision making. This chapter challenges this view, arguing that democratic politics presents a wide array of challenges, each demanding different civic skills. In particular, it contends that it is necessary to embrace a more agonistic view of democratic politics — one that places citizens at the center of a conflict over power and resources. Drawing broadly on interdisciplinary evidence, the chapter argues that citizens are actually quite adept at meeting the challenges of self-governance in the democratic polity.

Keywords:   political psychology, democratic citizenship, civic engagement, political participation, political conflict

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