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Selective or generic activism? Types of participants, political action repertoires and mobilisation capacity in a post-communist society

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Tatar, Marius Ioan

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Abstract This study develops and tests two arguments for how repertoires of political action are reconfigured in postcommunist Romania. Using multivariate statistical analysis, it examines whether citizens’ engagement in post-communist politics is linked with generic socioeconomic and attitudinal traits or, alternatively, if it is connected with selective mobilisation opportunities provided by social networks and organisations. The findings reveal that while most Romanians are politically inactive two decades after the fall of communism, those who engage in politics do so selectively and their political action repertoires are largely influenced by four mobilising agents: trade unions, political parties, social networks, and civil society organisations.
Keywords Romania; post-communist society; political participation; mobilization; political behavior; political interest; political activity; political action; socioeconomic factors; social factors; social network
Classification Political Process, Elections, Political Sociology, Political Culture
Document language English
Publication Year 2015
Page/Pages p. 1251-1281
Journal Europe-Asia Studies, 67 (2015) 8
ISSN 0966-8136
Status Postprint; peer reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike