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Title: Intergenerational transmission of political participation intention
Authors: Quintelier, Ellen # ×
Issue Date: 2015
Series Title: Acta Politica vol:50 pages:279-296
Abstract: Political participation is a prerequisite for democracy. Therefore, political
sociologists have advised to socialize people by encouraging political participation from a
young age onward. Parents are one of the most important political socialization agents,
especially at a young age. Although the intergenerational transmission of political attitudes
has been studied quite intensively, the transmission of the political participation
intention has been neglected. This study explores the effect of both mothers’ and fathers’
political activity on their offspring’s intention to participate. Using a data set from 2085
Q5 Belgian parent–child triads, we tested the direct and indirect transmission of political
participation intention. We found that although there is a direct transmission of political
participation intention, after controlling for political discussion, political interest and
socio-economic status, this effect is completely mediated. Therefore, we conclude that
intergenerational transmission is an indirect process, supported by a high socio-economic
status, more political interest and a more politicized family environment in which politics
is clearly perceived as salient.
ISSN: 0001-6810
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Centre for Political Research
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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