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Explaining Political Participation In East Central Europe

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The democratic form of government critically implies the participation of the demos in decision-making processes at different levels and in various degrees. This chapter proceeds in three steps. First it briefly reviews the literature on political participation, focusing on non-conventional participation, while also placing it within the broader field of the discipline. The literature review is two-fold, including both a discussion of the relevant theoretical approaches considering factors that lead to increased political participation, as well as the difficult need to contextualize such theories for the new former communist democracies. Second the chapter analyses World Value Survey data on Central and Eastern European countries, trying to identify the most important predictors for three separate and yet related measures of unconventional participation: petition signing, boycotting and joining peaceful demonstrations. Third it presents conclusions and discusses potential avenues for future research.

Keywords: Eastern European countries; political participation; World Value Survey data

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