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The politics and civics of national service : lessons from the Civilian Conservation Corps, Vista, and AmeriCorps / Melissa Bass.

By: Bass, Melissa.
Material type: TextTextSeries: JSTOR eBooks.Publisher: Washington, D.C. : Brookings Institution Press, [2013]Description: 1 online resource (xi, 304 pages).Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9780815723813; 0815723814.Subject(s): National service -- United States | Voluntarism -- United StatesAdditional physical formats: Print version:: Politics and civics of national service.DDC classification: 361.6 LOC classification: HD4870.U6 | B37 2013Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
Introduction: public service as public policy for democracy -- Citizenship and the elements of policy design -- The CCC's roots and relationships -- The CCC's purpose and government's role -- The CCC's tools, rules, and targets -- Vista's roots and relationships -- Vista's purpose and government's role -- Vista's tools, rules, and targets -- AmeriCorps's roots and relationships -- AmeriCorps's purpose and government's role -- AmeriCorps's policy tools, rules, and targets -- Making sense of the past and its lessons for the future.
Summary: "In Politics and Civics of National Service, Melissa Bass focuses on the history, current relevance, and impact of domestic national service. She argues that only by examining programs over time can we understand national service's successes and limitations, both in terms of its political support and its civic lessons. Based on extensive archival and documentary research, supplemented with interviews, The Politics and Civics of National Service provides the first detailed policy history of VISTA and AmeriCorps and of America's main national service programs taken together as a whole. Moreover, Bass furthers our understanding of twentieth-century American political development by comparing programs founded during three distinct political eras--the New Deal, the Great Society, and the early Clinton years--and tracing them over time. To a remarkable extent, the CCC, VISTA, and AmeriCorps reflect the policymaking ethos and political controversies of their times, illuminating principles that hold well beyond the field of national service. The Politics and Civics of National Service expertly evaluates the civic effects of national service policy in the context of political development in the United States. At the same time, by emphasizing the programs' effects on citizenship and civic engagement, this volume deepens our understanding of how programs can act as "public policy for democracy.""--Publisher's website.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.

Introduction: public service as public policy for democracy -- Citizenship and the elements of policy design -- The CCC's roots and relationships -- The CCC's purpose and government's role -- The CCC's tools, rules, and targets -- Vista's roots and relationships -- Vista's purpose and government's role -- Vista's tools, rules, and targets -- AmeriCorps's roots and relationships -- AmeriCorps's purpose and government's role -- AmeriCorps's policy tools, rules, and targets -- Making sense of the past and its lessons for the future.

"In Politics and Civics of National Service, Melissa Bass focuses on the history, current relevance, and impact of domestic national service. She argues that only by examining programs over time can we understand national service's successes and limitations, both in terms of its political support and its civic lessons. Based on extensive archival and documentary research, supplemented with interviews, The Politics and Civics of National Service provides the first detailed policy history of VISTA and AmeriCorps and of America's main national service programs taken together as a whole. Moreover, Bass furthers our understanding of twentieth-century American political development by comparing programs founded during three distinct political eras--the New Deal, the Great Society, and the early Clinton years--and tracing them over time. To a remarkable extent, the CCC, VISTA, and AmeriCorps reflect the policymaking ethos and political controversies of their times, illuminating principles that hold well beyond the field of national service. The Politics and Civics of National Service expertly evaluates the civic effects of national service policy in the context of political development in the United States. At the same time, by emphasizing the programs' effects on citizenship and civic engagement, this volume deepens our understanding of how programs can act as "public policy for democracy.""--Publisher's website.

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CHOICE Review

The history of national citizen service in the US is spotty, asserts Bass (public policy, Univ. of Mississippi) in an analysis of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), VISTA, and AmeriCorps. She explores how each program was established, its political status, and its major accomplishments. A larger theme is the meaning of "public policy for democracy"--the engagement of citizens in the process of serving others and the cause of educating for self-government. The CCC was interpreted only as a job creation program during the Depression and was dropped as soon as the US entered WW II. VISTA never attracted many volunteers or enjoyed much political credibility and so was rolled into AmeriCorps in 1993. Most successful has been AmeriCorps, which has drawn about 88,000 participants annually during the Obama administration, due to its choice of projects, involvement of state authorities and nonprofit institutions, and professionalization of its leadership. Bass concludes that AmeriCorps offers the best prospect for educating volunteers in the often-gritty work of public service and the deeper meanings of citizenship. A thorough study in assessing political costs and benefits and in projecting future policy directions. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Undergraduate, graduate, and research collections. W. C. Johnson George Fox University

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<p> Melissa Bass is an assistant professor of public policy leadership at the University of Mississippi.</p>

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