Political Involvement

Political activities form the foundation of many democratic principles of civic engagement. Political involvement includes voting, registering to vote, non-electoral participation (such as contacting a representative or attending a public meeting), and deliberative democracy.

NCoC believes to address community issues and challenges in any area, research must be collected, discussion must occur, and solutions must be proposed. Here, you can see research, discussion, and solutions associated with political involvement. This is meant to help explain and animate that focus area, as well as facilitate the process of moving from information to action within it.
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Political Involvement Research

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Capital Staffers Index explores influence of social media on policyAn interesting new study from Edelman called the “Capital Staffers Index” explored the perceptions of senior legislative staff related to global public affairs and communications. Among ... December 7, 2011 blog
Understanding a Diverse GenerationNew Study Dispels Stereotypes About Young Voters Ahead of 2012 ElectionsThe findings of a new CIRCLE study, "Youth Civic Engagement in the United States, 2008-2010: Understanding a Diverse Generation," shatter stereotypes and dispel conventional myths about the ways in which ... November 28, 2011 publication
How citizen advocacy is changing mail operations on Capitol HillA “Communicating with Congress” reportThe Congressional Management Foundation’s report, “Communicating with Congress: How citizen advocacy is changing mail operations on Capitol Hill” found that communication to congressional ... November 18, 2011 publication
Civic Health and UnemploymentCan Engagement Strengthen the Economy?This Issue Brief explores the relationship between civic engagement and economic resilience. September 16, 2011 publication
States with More Civic Engagement Have Experienced Less UnemploymentCivic Health and Unemployment: Can Engagement Strengthen the Economy? September 16, 2011 civic health index
The Necessity of Civilityby David B. SmithThe mission of our 65-year-old institution has always been to promote active citizenship, and we have often built atop that foundation to focus on specific strategies from time to time. In our current ... December 29, 2010 discussion
Executive SummaryPennsylvania Civic Health Index 2010 December 22, 2010 civic health index
Who Votes? Who Helps? Who Shapes Pennsylvania?Pennsylvania Civic Health Index 2010 December 22, 2010 civic health index
Indicator 1 and 2: Voter Registration and TurnoutPennsylvania Civic Health Index 2010 December 22, 2010 civic health index
Indicator 3: Participate in One of More Non-Electoral Political ActivitiesPennsylvania Civic Health Index 2010 December 22, 2010 civic health index
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Political Involvement Discussions and Commentary

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The Role of Citizen Does Not End With Your VoteLate last night President Obama took the stage in Chicago. To great applause he delivered his victory speech and with it an important message: it may be November 7th, but our civic duty is not over. November 7, 2012
The Parties Versus the PeopleAn Interview with Former Congressman Mickey EdwardsMickey Edwards served Oklahoma and America for 16 years in the United States Congress and currently directs the Rodel Fellowships at the Aspen Institute. He is the author of a new book, “The Parties ... August 14, 2012 discussion
Who Took Civility Out of Politics?Democracy fundamentally entails controversy and, as is often said, reasonable people may disagree about social issues and policymaking. But recently, many question if civility has left politics all together ... May 1, 2012 discussion
Why Tuesday?by Jacob SoboroffHave you ever asked yourself why we vote on Tuesdays? In this guest post, Why Tuesday? Executive Director Jacob Soboroff highlights a TED Active talk that discusses the historical legislative reasons America’s ... April 11, 2012 discussion
Discussion: Can Engagement Strengthen the Economy?6 Hypotheses on the Link Between Civic Health and UnemploymentResearch shows a connection between civic health and a community’s ability to weather a recession. We’ve posited 6 hypotheses about why this connection exists, and invite you to join in a discussion. February 16, 2012 discussion
Politics and Social Media: What’s the Relationship Status?Measures of political involvement are down. Social media usage is up. A lot of attention is being focused on the role of social networks in the 2012 election, but early data suggests it is not realizing ... February 8, 2012 discussion
Keynote Panel on Civility and Political Discourse66th Annual National Conference on CitizenshipThis panel was convened at the 66th Annual National Conference on Citizenship on September 22, 2011 in Pheonix, Arizona by NCoC and the Bipartisan Policy Center. September 22, 2011 video
What’s Trending in #Congress?New Report Shows Capitol Hill Uses Social Media ExtensivelyMost Members of Congress have thoroughly integrated social media into their communications operations, and are using new media tools to gauge public opinion, communicate with constituents, and reach new ... August 2, 2011 discussion
Can Social Media Reinvigorate American Democracy?There is no question that the rise of social media has impacted the way that American and global citizens interact with one another. The rapid transfer of ideas and perspectives across geographical boundaries ... July 13, 2011 event reflection
Government: right-sized and in the right roleBy Karen Baker, California Secretary of Service and VolunteeringIn this guest post, Karen Baker explores the important role each sector can plan in tapping individual civic energy for social good in communities. “A multi-sector approach is based on the idea ... May 17, 2011 expert commentary
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Political Involvement Solutions