Title: A Comparative Analysis of the Effect of the Current Economic Crisis on Levels and Stratification of Political Participation in Europe
Authors: Kern, Anna
Marien, Sofie
Hooghe, Marc
Issue Date: Sep-2013
Publisher: Centre for Citizenship and Democracy
Conference: GESIS Conference: Values, Crisis and Democracy location:Cologne, Germany date:26-27 September 2013
Abstract: In this article we examine the effect of economic recession on the levels and the stratification of political participation in Europe. Using data from the European Social Survey (2002-2010) and the Worldbank we show that the current economic crisis affected institutionalised and noninstitutionalised forms of political participation in a different way: The levels of institutionalised political participation remain stable and its stratification along the lines of socio-economic status is not affected by the financial and economic crisis. In contrast to this, we find that economic hardship increases non-institutionalised forms of political participation. Moreover, the crisis also
influences the stratification of non-institutionalised political participation: While men’s participation increases, women - who were formerly more inclined to participate in noninstitutionalised forms of engagement - are less likely to become active in these forms in times of
economic hardship.
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IMa
Appears in Collections:Centre for Political Research

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