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US Politics and Generation Y: Engaging the Millennials

David Rankin
US Politics and Generation Y: Engaging the Millennials
ISBN: 978-1-58826-879-2
ISBN: 978-1-62637-875-9
2013/207 pages/LC: 2012031436
"Unique and important.... Rankin's contribution to the body of research on the millennial generation is not to be missed."—Krista Jenkins, Fairleigh Dickenson University

"A balanced and insightful overview of the millennial generation as participants in US politics.... Rankin also offers promising suggestions for how to engage the millennials better, on their own terms."—Peter


How have the momentous events of the early 21st century affected the millennial generation's political awareness and action? What accounts for the widespread youth mobilization in support of Barack Obama during the 2008 elections? How do millennials differ from past generations in the ways that they engage in politics? Addressing these questions, David Rankin goes beyond the impact of political and cultural trends to focus on the role of higher education in connecting political interest, knowledge, and participation.

Rankin draws on rich data spanning the years 2000-2010 to offer unique insights on the millennial cohort's civic life. He also explores the implications of those insights for political learning. His book is an invaluable contribution to our understanding of the nature and impact of generational differences in the political realm.


David Rankin is professor of political science at the State University of New York, Fredonia. He is coauthor of Winning the White House, 2008 and Winning the White House, 2004, as well as coeditor of Transformed by Crisis: The Presidency of George W. Bush and American Politics.


  • The Millennial Generation and US Politics.
  • Learning About US Politics.
  • Reasoning in a World of Politics and Policy.
  • Media Channels for Political Learning.
  • Connecting Political Interests and Political Engagement.
  • Democratic Directions for a New Millennial Generation.