Political Knowledge, Political Engagement, and Civic Education

  title={Political Knowledge, Political Engagement, and Civic Education},
  author={William A. Galston},
  journal={Annual Review of Political Science},
  • W. Galston
  • Published 1 June 2001
  • Sociology
  • Annual Review of Political Science
After decades of neglect, civic education is back on the agenda of political science in the United States. Despite huge increases in the formal educational attainment of the US population during the past 50 years, levels of political knowledge have barely budged. Today's college graduates know no more about politics than did high school graduates in 1950. Recent research indicates that levels of political knowledge affect the acceptance of democratic principles, attitudes toward specific issues… 
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