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Title: The intergenerational transmission of political participation patterns. The moderating role of gender and socio-economic status
Authors: Meeusen, Cecil #
Issue Date: Dec-2012
Publisher: Centre for Political Research, KU Leuven
Conference: Annual Yitzhak Rabin Memorial Conference in Political Science edition:7 location:Jerusalem date:14-16December 2012
Abstract: There is a broad consensus in the literature that widespread and representative political participation is vital for democratic political systems. Previous research, however, has shown that gender and socio-economic inequalities with regard to political participation already appear early in adolescence and tend to be stable over the life-cycle. It is often assumed that these stratification patterns are transmitted from parent to child and that as a consequence inequalities will persist over time. The goal of the current paper is to investigate whether the transmission of participation can be moderated by socio-demographic variables as gender and socio-economic status. Therefore, we draw upon a representative study among 3,426 adolescents and both their parents in Belgium. Results indicated that the participation history of both mother and father has a strong effect on the participation intentions of the adolescents. No gender-specific transmission pattern was found. Contrary to our expectations, high-status families were not more effective in transmitting participation patterns than low-status families. Implications are discussed accordingly.
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IMa
Appears in Collections:Centre for Political Research
Political Sciences Administrative Office
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