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Shifting Inequalities? Patterns of exclusion and inclusion im emerging forms of political participation

Ungleichheiten im Wandel? Muster der Exklusion und Inklusion in neu entstehenden Formen politischer Partizipation
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Stolle, Dietlind; Hooghe, Marc

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Corporate Editor Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung gGmbH
Abstract "Previous research has found a steady increase in the number of people involved in emerging forms of civic engagements such as Internet campaigns, protests, political consumerism, and alternative lifestyle communities. Verba et al. (1995) have established that various forms of political participation in the United States follow a pattern of structural inequality, based on income, education, gender and civic skills. The growing popularity of emerging action repertoires forces us to re-evaluate the claims of this literature. Do these patterns of inequality persist for the emerging action repertoires across advanced industrialized democracies, or are they becoming even stronger, as Theda Skocpol (2003, 2004) argues? The results of this cross-national analysis with longitudinal comparisons suggest that gender inequalities in emerging political action repertoires have substantially declined since the 1970s, whereas other forms of inequality have persisted. However, contrary to the more pessimistic claims about a 'participation paradox', there is no evidence that inequality based on socio-economic status has substantially increased since the 1970s." (author's abstract)
Keywords United States of America; Europe; political participation; political activity; exclusion; inclusion; social differentiation; social integration; social inequality; income; education; gender; citizens' involvement; social relations; civil society; democracy; political movement; Internet; research; politics
Classification Macrosociology, Analysis of Whole Societies; Political Process, Elections, Political Sociology, Political Culture
Method empirical; quantitative empirical
Document language English
Publication Year 2009
City Berlin
Page/Pages 31 p.
Series Discussion Papers / Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung, Forschungsschwerpunkt Bildung, Arbeit und Lebenschancen, Abteilung Ungleichheit und soziale Integration, 2009-204
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications
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