English title: A Comparative Analysis of the Effect of the Current Economic Crisis on Levels and Stratification of Political Participation in Europe

Author(s): Anna Kern - Sofie Marien - Marc Hooghe -

Language: English

Type: Conference paper/poster

Year: 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.

Conference name: GESIS Conference ‘Values, Crisis and Democracy’

Location: Cologne, Germany

Start date: Sep 26, 2013

Type: Paper

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