The Inequality of Participation: Re-examining the Role of Social Stratification and Post-Communism on Political Participation in Europe

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Title:The Inequality of Participation: Re-examining the Role of Social Stratification and Post-Communism on Political Participation in Europe
Creators:
Smith, Michael L.; Michael dot smith at soc dot cas dot cz; Sociologický ústav AV ČR, v.v.i., Jilská 1, Praha 1, 11000, Czech Republic
Journal or Publication Title:
Czech Sociological Review, 45, 3, pp. 487-518
Uncontrolled Keywords:political participation, political behaviour, social inequality, social stratification, post-communism

Abstract

This article compares the determinants of political participation, from voting and signing petitions to boycotting, across 23 European countries, posing the question whether and to what degree social inequalities in political participation differ between post-communist and Western countries. The data for the analysis is from the second round of the ESS survey, conducted in 2004–2005. The analysis focuses on the role of education, occupation, and gender in shaping the chances of engaging in political action, while also controlling for a range of sociological, political, and demographic variables. Interaction effects between individual variables and a post-communist dummy variable are used to directly compare the statistical significance of the difference in coefficients between post-communist and Western countries. The article finds that the observed effects of the post-communist context are actually accounted for by the indirect effects of a number of individual-level variables. In particular, education, occupation, and gender have stronger effects in post-communist countries than Western countries on many forms of political participation; in other words, the post-communist countries exhibit somewhat larger inequalities in political participation than in the West.

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Title:The Inequality of Participation: Re-examining the Role of Social Stratification and Post-Communism on Political Participation in Europe
Creators:
Smith, Michael L.; Michael dot smith at soc dot cas dot cz; Sociologický ústav AV ČR, v.v.i., Jilská 1, Praha 1, 11000, Czech Republic
Uncontrolled Keywords:political participation, political behaviour, social inequality, social stratification, post-communism
Subjects:H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions:Humanities and Social Sciences > 7. Section of Social and Economic Sciences > Institute of Sociology > Czech sociological review (Sociologický časopis)
Journal or Publication Title:Czech Sociological Review
Volume:45
Number:3
Page Range:pp. 487-518
ISSN:0038-0288
Publisher:Institute of Sociology of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic
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ID Code:4722
Item Type:Article
Deposited On:10 Dec 2009 10:51
Last Modified:10 Dec 2009 09:51

Citation

Smith, Michael L. (2009) The Inequality of Participation: Re-examining the Role of Social Stratification and Post-Communism on Political Participation in Europe. Czech Sociological Review, 45 (3). pp. 487-518. ISSN 0038-0288

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