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Explaining Level And Equality Of Political Participation. The Role Of Social Capital, Socioeconomic Modernity, And Political Institutions

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This chapter conducts a multi-level analysis of political participation for European countries. It analyzes two forms of political participation: voting as the most basic form of political participation and activities beyond voting covering conventional activities such as contacting politicians and unconventional activities like attending demonstrations. The chapter is organized as follows. First, it focuses on individual- level models of political participation. It combines determinants specified by the classic Civic Voluntarism Model (CVM) with factors described by social capital theory. Second, the chapter is devoted to the contextual factors (socioeconomic modernization, political institutions and social system capital) and the specification of a multi-level model of political participation. The aim of both sections is to state hypotheses that explain the level as well as the socioeconomic inequality of electoral and non-electoral participation. The individual-level and multi-level empirical analyses are presented in the third section.

Keywords:Civic Voluntarism Model (CVM); European countries; political institutions; political participation; social capital; socioeconomic inequality; socioeconomic modernization

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