Title: Politics in Peer Groups: Exploring the Causal Relationship between Network Diversity and Political Participation
Authors: Quintelier, Ellen ×
Stolle, Dietlind
Harell, Allison #
Issue Date: Dec-2012
Publisher: University of Utah, Political Science Dept.
Series Title: Political Research Quarterly vol:65 issue:4 pages:868-881
Abstract: Social capital researchers have suggested that bridging ties are important for political participation. However, thus far the literature lacks testing on the direction of this relationship: do diverse ties stimulate political participation or does political participation stimulate political diversity among friends and acquaintances? This article examines how ethno-cultural and political diversity within social networks influence political participation among a unique panel of 4,235 young people in Belgium. The results reveal a reciprocal cross-lagged effect. In particular, having politically diverse social networks increases political participation, which in turn promotes meeting politically diverse others.
ISSN: 1065-9129
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Centre for Political Research
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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