English title: Family Ties and Political Participation

Author(s): Alberto Alesina - Paola Giuliano -

Language: English

Type: Journal article

Year: 2011


We establish an inverse relationship between family ties and political participation, such that the more individuals rely on the family as a provider of services, insurance, and transfer of resources, the lower is one's civic engagement and political participation. We also show that strong family ties appear to be a substitute for generalized trust, rather than a complement to it. These three constructs—civic engagement, political participation, and trust—are part of what is known as social capital; therefore, in this paper, we contribute to the investigation of the origin and evolution of social capital. We establish these results using within-country evidence and looking at the behavior of immigrants from various countries in 32 different destination places.

Volume: 9

Issue: 5

From page no: 817

To page no: 839

Refereed: Yes

DOI: 10.1111/J.1542-4774.2011.01024.X

Journal: Journal of the European Economic Association