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Do Institutions Really Influence Political Participation?

Whiteley, Paul and Stewart, Marianne and Sanders, David and Clarke, Harold (2010) 'Do Institutions Really Influence Political Participation?' International Journal of Market Research, 52 (1). pp. 21-42. ISSN 1470-7853

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<jats:p>This paper examines the influence of institutions and other contextual variables in a set of individual-level models of political participation, using a multi-level modelling strategy. It uses data from Citizenship Survey of the International Social Survey Programme conducted in 2004, to model relationships in many of the world's democracies. It examines the effects of variables that have been shown to be important in aggregate-level models of turnout, such as the effective number of parties, the distortions in representation associated with the electoral system, and the size of districts. It compares the institutional measures with other contextual variables that arise from rival models of individual-level political participation. The institutional variables have a modest impact on individual-level turnout, but their impact is much less important in relation to other types of participation. For the latter, non-institutional contextual variables arising from models of political participation appear to be more important.</jats:p>

Item Type: Article
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > Government, Department of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 25 Mar 2013 11:06
Last Modified: 15 Jan 2022 00:52

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