Honors College Theses

Publication Date



Political Science (B.A.)

Document Type and Release Option

Thesis (restricted to Georgia Southern)

Faculty Mentor

Robert Pirro


Do active citizens experience the individual rewards promised by political maximalism? Theories of political maximalism suggest that individuals benefit cognitively, emotionally and imaginatively by active participation in politics. If a citizen participates in government and community organizations or otherwise engage politically in the community, then their understanding of themselves as agents of change and their capacity to create change will be enhanced. These expectations were evaluated through a text analysis and a survey. Overall, the text analysis supported these expectations and the survey prompted questions for further research on this topic