By Charles Pattie, Patrick Seyd, Paul Whiteley

There are expanding issues approximately adjustments in society and the economic climate that are undermining the effectiveness of democracy and weakening conventional conceptions of citizenship. What does it suggest to be a British citizen within the early a part of the twenty first century? This e-book provides the 1st significant empirical examine of citizenship in Britain, comprising surveys of political participation and voluntary actions, and of the ideals and values which underpin them. in addition to featuring new information, the authors supply a worldly dialogue of the concept that of citizenship, and the results of an absence of civic engagement in a contemporary democracy. It examines why a few everyone is 'good' voters while others are 'bad' and it explores the results of citizenship for policy-makers and democracy. accomplished and available, this publication makes an important contribution to our knowing of civic attitudes in Britain at the present time and may attract scholars, researchers and policy-makers.

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Note that the t-tests measure the statistical significance of the different mean attachment scores. 6 indicates that there is a significant difference between the mean attachment to region and the mean attachment to country. National identification (%) 60 57 50 40 30 24 20 10 8 4 4 2 2 0 British English Welsh Scottish European Other Source: Weighted 2000 face-to-face survey, N =3,145 Question: ‘Do you think of yourself first and foremost as . . 10 Source: Weighted 2000 face-to-face survey. N = c3,114 Questions: ‘Thinking for a moment about whether people with whom you have contact can be trusted.

Put another way, if there is no support for extending social rights because of a ‘culture of contentment’ (Galbraith, 1992) on the part of the majority of the voters, then social rights will be curtailed. Rights theorists assume that a disembodied state provides the resources needed to extend social benefits and rights. But in reality it is other citizens who provide these rights by paying their taxes and by supporting such things as legislation outlawing discrimination on the grounds of race and sex.

Chapter 6 focuses on issues of measurement and testing so that the models can be evaluated empirically. The overall aim of the chapter is to determine which of these theoretical accounts provides the best explanation of the determinants of citizen attitudes and behaviour. One set of theories of citizenship are anchored in sociological accounts which stress the importance of socialisation processes arising from the social structure in inculcating the norms and behaviours which are supportive of citizenship.

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