Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Show Summary Details
More options …

The Forum

A Journal of Applied Research in Contemporary Politics

Ed. by Disalvo, Daniel / Stonecash, Jeffrey

4 Issues per year

IMPACT FACTOR 2016: 0.397

SCImago Journal Rank (SJR) 2016: 0.476
Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP) 2016: 0.331

See all formats and pricing
More options …
Volume 13, Issue 3 (Oct 2015)


Young Voters, Declining Trust and the Limits of “Service Politics”

Daniel M. Shea
Published Online: 2015-11-13 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/for-2015-0036


  • Abramowitz, Alan I. 2014. “Partisan Nation: Change and Continuity in the American Electorate.” In The State of the Parties. 7th ed., edited by John C. Green, Daniel J. Coffey and David Cohen, Lanham, MD: Roman and Littlefield Press.Google Scholar

  • American National Election Studies. “ANES Guide to Public Opinion and Electoral Behavior. 1952–2012.” www.umich.edu/~es/index.htm.

  • Bennett, William. 1996. The Book of Virtues. New York: Simon and Schuster.Google Scholar

  • Bennett, Lance W. 1998. “The Uncivic Culture: Communications, Identity, and the Rise of Lifestyle Politics.” PS: Political Science and Politics 31 (4): 741–761.CrossrefGoogle Scholar

  • Bork, Robert H. 1996. Slouching Towards Gomorrah. New York: Regan Books.Google Scholar

  • Bishop, Bill. 2007. The Big Sort: Why the Clustering of Like-Minded America is Tearing us Apart. New York: Mariner Books.Google Scholar

  • Boulianne, Shelley. 2014. “Does Internet use affect Engagement? A Meta-Analysis of Research.” Political Communications 26 (2): 193–211.Google Scholar

  • Burden, Barry C., and Jacob R. Neiheisel. 2013. “Election Administration and the Pure Effect of Voter Registration on Turnout.” Political Research Quarterly 66 (1): 77–90.CrossrefGoogle Scholar

  • Burden, Barry C., David T. Canon, Kenneth R. Mayer, and Donald P. Moynihan. 2014. “Election Laws, Mobilization, and Turnout: The Unanticipated Consequences of Election Reform.” American Journal of Political Science 58 (1): 95–108.CrossrefGoogle Scholar

  • Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning & Engagement (CIRCLE). 2002a. Youth Civic Engagement: Basic Facts and Trends. University of Maryland. Jan. 9. p. 3.Google Scholar

  • Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning & Engagement (CIRCLE). 2002b. Youth Voter Turnout Has Declined, by Any Measure.Google Scholar

  • Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning & Engagement (CIRCLE). 2002c. “Short-Term Impacts, Long-Term Opportunities: The Political and Civic Engagement of Young Adults in America.” Analysis and report by Lake Snell Perry & Associates/The Tarrance Group, Inc. March, 2002.Google Scholar

  • Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning & Engagement (CIRCLE). 2015. “2014 Youth Turnout and Youth Registration Rates Lowest Ever Recorded; Changes Essential in 2016.” http://www.civicyouth.org/2014-youth-turnout-and-youth-registration-rates-lowest-ever-recorded-changes-essential-in-2016/.

  • Chanley, Virginia A., Thomas Rudolph, and Wendy Rahn. 2000. “The Origins and Consequences of Public Trust in Government: A Time Series Analysis.” Public Opinion Quarterly 64: 239–256.CrossrefGoogle Scholar

  • CIRCLE. 2010. “Massachusetts Senate Election: Youth Turnout was Just 15% Compared to 57% for Older Citizens.” Accessed at: http://www.civicyouth.org/massachusetts-senate-election-youth-turnout-was-just-15-compared-to-48-for-older-citizens-young-voters-favored-coakley/.

  • Committee on Political Parties, American Political Science Association. 1950. “Toward a More Responsible Two-Party System.” American Political Science Review Supplement.Google Scholar

  • Dalton, Russell. 2008. The Good Citizen: How a Younger Generation is Reshaping American Politics. Washington, DC: Congressional Quarterly Press.Google Scholar

  • Eisner, Jane. 2004. Taking Back the Vote: Getting American Youth Involved in Our Democracy. P. 80. Boston: Beacon.Google Scholar

  • Frendries, John, and Alan Gitelson. 1999. “Local Parties in the 1990s: Spokes in a Candidate-Centered Wheel.” In State of the Parties. 3rd ed., edited by John Green and Daniel M. Shea, Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield.Google Scholar

  • Frendries, John, James L. Gibson, and Laura Vertz. 1990. “The Electoral Relevance of Local Party Organizations.” American Political Science Review 84: 226–235.Google Scholar

  • Gladwell, Malcolm. 2010. “Small Change: How the Revolution will not be Tweeted.” The New Yorker.Google Scholar

  • Hall Jamison, Kathleen, and Joseph Cappella. 2008. The Echo Chamber; Rush Limbaugh and the Conservative Media Establishment. New York: Oxford University Press.Google Scholar

  • Harvard Institute of Politics. 2015. Millennial Poll “Trust in Institutions and the Political Process.” http://www.iop.harvard.edu/trust-institutions-and-political-process.

  • Hetherington, Marc J. 2005. Why Trust Matters: Declining Political Trust and the Demise of American Liberalism. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.Google Scholar

  • Hetherington, Marc J., and Thomas Rudolph. 2015. Why Washington Won’t Work. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.Google Scholar

  • Hibbing, John R., and Elizabeth Theiss-Morse. 2002. Stealth Democracy: Americans’ Beliefs about How Government Should Work. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.Google Scholar

  • Higher Education Research Institute (HERI). 2004. “Press Release.” University of California at Los Angeles. Online. October 29. http://www.gseis.ucla.edu.

  • Holbein, J. B., and D. S. Hillygus, 2015. “Making Young Voters: The Impact of Preregistration on Youth Turnout.” American Journal of Political Science. Doi: 1111/ajps.12177.Google Scholar

  • Howe, Neil and William Strauss, 2000. Millennials Rising: The Next Great Generation. New York: Vintage.Google Scholar

  • Inglehart, Ronald. 1977. The Silent Revolution: Changing Values and Political Styles Among Western Publics. Princeton: Princeton University Press.Google Scholar

  • Joan Shorenstein Center on Press, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard University. 2007. “Young People and the News.” http://shorensteincenter.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/young_people_and_news_2007.pdf.

  • Keele, Luke, and William Minozzi. 2013. “How Much is Minnesota Like Wisconsin? Assumptions and Counterfactuals in Causal Inference with Observational Data.” Political Analysis 21 (2): 193–216.CrossrefGoogle Scholar

  • Kimball, David C., Bryce Summary, and Eric C. Vorst. 2014. “Political Identity and Party Polarization in the American Electorate.” In The State of the Parties. 7th ed., edited by John C. Green, Daniel J. Coffey, and David B. Cohen, 37–54. Boulder, CA: Rowman & Littlefield.Google Scholar

  • Leighley, Jan E., and Jonathan Nagler. 2013. Who Votes Now? Demographics, Issues, Inequality, and Turnout in the United States. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.Google Scholar

  • Longo, Nicholas V. 2004. “The New Student Politics: Listening to the Political Voice of Students.” The Journal of Public Affairs 7 (1): 61–85.Google Scholar

  • McDonald, Michael P., and Matthew Thornburg. 2010. “Registering the Youth through Voter Preregistration.” New York University Journal of Legislation and Public Policy 13: 551–572.Google Scholar

  • Miller, Warren E., and J. Merrill Shanks. 1996. The New American Voter. Cambridge: Harvard University Press.Google Scholar

  • Musket, Seth. 2015. “The Kids are Alright (At Least When it Comes to Politics)” Pacific Standard, March 22. Accessed at: http://www.psmag.com/politics-and-law/the-kids-are-all-right-at-least-when-it-comes-to-politics.

  • Pew Research Center. 2014. “One in Ten Americans Don’t Give a Hoot about Politics.” http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2014/07/07/1-in-10-americans-dont-give-a-hoot-about-politics/.

  • Plutzer, E. 2002. “Becoming a Habitual Voter: Inertia, Resources, and Growth in Young Adulthood.” American Political Science Review 96 (1): 41–56.CrossrefGoogle Scholar

  • Putnam, Robert D. 2000. Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community. New York: Simon and Schuster.Google Scholar

  • Rahn, Wendy, and John E. Transue. 1998. “Social Trust and Value Change: The Decline of Social Capital in American Youth, 1976–1995.” Political Psychology 19 (3): 545–565.CrossrefGoogle Scholar

  • Rock the Vote. 2008. Press Release: “Rock the Vote’s Post-Super Tuesday Poll Reveals Young Voters Energized, Passionate, and Engaged in this Election.” http://www.rockthevote.com/get-informed/press/releases/rtvs-post-super-tue-022508.html?referrer#https://www.google.com/#sthash.gsEoc2hl.dpuf.

  • Roscoe, Douglas, and Shannon Jenkins. 2014. “Changes in Local Party Structure and Activities, 1980–2008.” In The State of the Parties. 7th ed., edited by John C. Green, Daniel J. Coffey, and David Cohen, Lanham, MD: Roman and Littlefield Press.Google Scholar

  • Shattschneider, E. E. 1942. Party Government. New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston.Google Scholar

  • Shea, Daniel M. 2006. “Local Party Dynamics in the Twenty-First Century.” In The State of the Parties. 5th ed., edited by John C. Green and Daniel J. Coffey. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield.Google Scholar

  • Shea, Daniel M., and John C. Green. 2007. Fountain of Youth: Strategies and Tactics for Mobilizing America’s Young Voters. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield.Google Scholar

  • Shirky, Clay. 2009. Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing without Organization. New York: Penguin Press.Google Scholar

  • Sunstein, Cass. 2007. Republic.com 2.0. Princeton: Princeton University Press.Google Scholar

  • Trottier, Daniel, and Christian Fuchs. 2015. Social Media, Politics and the State. New York: Routledge Press.Google Scholar

  • Vargas, Jose. 2008. “Obama’s Wide Web.” Washington Post, August 20.Google Scholar

  • Verba, Sidney, and Norman H. Nie. 1972. Participation in America: Political Democracy and Social Equality. New York: Harper & Row.Google Scholar

  • Wattenberg, Martin P. 2012. Is Voting for Young People? New York: Pearson Longman.Google Scholar

  • Wilson, James Q. 1995. On Character. Washington, DC: American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research.Google Scholar

  • Youniss, James, and Peter Levine. 2009. “A Young Americans Act: An Old Idea for a New Era.” In A New Engagement? Political Participation, Civic Life and the Changing American Citizen, edited by James Youniss and Peter Levine. New York: Oxford University Press.Google Scholar

  • Zukin, Cliff, Scott Keeter, Molly Andolina, Krista Jenkins, and Michael Delli Carpini. 2006. A New Engagement? New York: Oxford University Press.Google Scholar

About the article

Daniel M. Shea

Daniel M. Shea is the director of the Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement and Professor of Government at Colby college.

Corresponding author: Daniel M. Shea, Department of Government, Colby College, Waterville, ME 04352, USA, e-mail:

Published Online: 2015-11-13

Published in Print: 2015-10-01

Citation Information: The Forum, ISSN (Online) 1540-8884, ISSN (Print) 2194-6183, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/for-2015-0036.

Export Citation

©2015 by De Gruyter. Copyright Clearance Center

Comments (0)

Please log in or register to comment.
Log in