Analysis Of In Tocqueville's Footsteps Of The Good Citizen

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Introduction In the chapter 8 named In Tocqueville’s Footsteps of The Good Citizen, Russell Dalton (2008) strengthens his argument about changing citizenship norms in the United States by comparing with other advanced democratic nations. Dalton (2008, 139) emphasizes how crucial cross-national comparisons are in a national political analysis by quoting the well-known saying of Seymour Martin Lipset, an expert in contemporary chronicler of American society and politics, as “those who know only one country, know no country”. By comparing nineteen advanced industrial democracies with the America, Dalton (2008, 142) determines that there are many similarities as well as differences of norms changes in the United States and in those democratic nations. Nevertheless, his interesting but broad comparisons have left behind curiosity about how well his theory about changing citizenship norms in the America can explain political changes in other democratic countries. Hence, this analysis will take German politics as a study case to test how relevant Dalton’s theory can be to capture foreign political trends. To ensure the trustworthiness of this research, the World Values Survey (WVS) data will be taken advantage as the main source to provide statistics about political participation in Germany. Besides that, news articles from prestigious media about recent political participation in Germany will also be used to update and conceptualize the new movements in German politics.

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