‘No Participation Without Representation’: The Impact of Descriptive and Substantive Representation on the Age-Related Turnout Gap
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by Davide Angelucci, Luca Carrieri, Marco Improta
1w ago
Political Studies, Ahead of Print. Previous studies have extensively demonstrated that young people vote less than older ones. However, the magnitude of this age-related gap varies across different contexts: While in some countries, the gap is remarkable and increasing over time, in others, it is quite modest, and it has remained constant. This article investigates some of the factors that might explain this variability. In particular, it examines the impact of different types of representation (descriptive and substantive) on the age-related gap in turnout. It does so by relying on a dataset ..read more
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What Drives Opposition to Social Rights for Immigrants? Clarifying the Role of Psychological Predispositions
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by Carlo M Knotz, Alyssa M Taylor, Mia K Gandenberger, Juliana Chueri
1w ago
Political Studies, Ahead of Print. Why do people oppose granting social rights to immigrants? Previous research indicates that psychological predispositions such as authoritarianism or ethnocentrism are strong drivers, but our understanding of their roles is still incomplete. This is in part because studies have not yet systematically tested different psychological variables against other, but also in part because some other potentially important predispositions such as implicit bias and social dominance orientation have so far been overlooked. We address this gap using original data from surv ..read more
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Take Five? Testing the Cultural and Experiential Theories of Generalised Trust Against Five Criteria
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by Michael Kumove
2w ago
Political Studies, Ahead of Print. Is generalised trust stable or changeable? The ‘cultural’ theory argues that trust is a relatively fixed personality trait, while the ‘experiential’ theory contends that life experiences can alter trust during adulthood. But these two theories have been tested using a variety of different criteria whose differences have seemingly never been acknowledged explicitly. In this article, I map out these five different criteria, formulating specific hypotheses for each one and test them on a large and representative longitudinal data set from Australia. As expected ..read more
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Does Populism Fuel Affective Polarization? An Individual-Level Panel Data Analysis
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by Juan Pérez-Rajó
2w ago
Political Studies, Ahead of Print. Populism and affective polarization speak of a bisected society, and scholars have linked them at the party level. While the relationship between populism and affective polarization can be reciprocal, this article leverages panel data to delve into the causal relationship between populism and affective polarization. First, I posit individuals who become identified with populist parties will hold higher levels of affective polarization. Second, I expect increases in levels of populist attitudes to heighten affective polarization, and this is explained by both ..read more
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The “Women’s Representation-Corruption Link” and Environmentalism: A Cross-National Study
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by Hannah Salamon
2w ago
Political Studies, Ahead of Print. Numerous studies suggest a relationship between women’s political representation and improved environmental outcomes. Yet, the contexts in which this holds and the mechanisms through which it comes to be remain understudied. This study proposes that women’s impact on political commitments to environmentalism and policy outcomes are moderated by states’ corruption levels. Although women tend to be more environmental, left-leaning, and risk-averse than men, environments of high-corruption restrain, tokenize, and marginalize women representatives, thereby limiti ..read more
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Editor’s Introduction
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by Monica Brito-Vieira, Graeme Davies, Daphne Halikiopoulou, Sarah Shair-Rosenfield
1M ago
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Minority Affirmations and the Boundaries of the Nation: Evidence From Québec
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by Colin Scott, Antoine Bilodeau, Audrey Gagnon, Luc Turgeon
1M ago
Political Studies, Ahead of Print. Cultural criteria, like language skills and values, are salient features of nationalism discourse, reflecting imagined boundaries that separate ingroup from outgroup member when thinking about the nation. Despite their salience, the relationship between cultural membership criteria and other civic (attainable) or ethnic (ascriptive) national boundaries, along with their implications for intergroup relations, is contested. Using surveys from N = 6448 majority group members in the Canadian province of Québec, we argue cultural boundaries are empirically distinc ..read more
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Does Schooling Increase Political Belief Accuracy?
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by Riccardo Di Leo, Marco Giani
1M ago
Political Studies, Ahead of Print. Citizens must hold accurate beliefs about politically relevant facts to preserve democratic representation, accountability and legislation. We theorize that, abstracting from one’s background, schooling per se does not trigger the epistemological sophistication that is necessary to get a grasp of the political world. In this article, we study whether schooling improves the accuracy of factual beliefs about the share of foreigners and unemployed, later in life. We derive an appealing metric of belief accuracy, matching survey respondents’ beliefs with the corr ..read more
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Citizen-Led Democratic Change: How Australia’s Community Independents Movement Is Reshaping Representative Democracy
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by Carolyn M Hendriks, Richard Reid
1M ago
Political Studies, Ahead of Print. Many citizens are frustrated with their democracy, particularly with elected representatives and political parties. In some contexts, citizens have taken steps to disrupt the status quo and push forward their own novel democratic reforms. Research on these ‘citizen-led democratic innovations’ has focused primarily on how political crises mobilise citizens to form social movements that then go on to devise or co-produce novel participatory institutions. This article expands these existing understandings in two novel directions. First, it challenges the assumpt ..read more
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The Group Appeal Strategy: Beyond the Policy Perspective on Party Electoral Success
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by Mads Thau
1M ago
Political Studies, Ahead of Print. Political parties use policy appeals to change their policy images and increase electoral support. Building on the idea that parties’ group images also matter to voters, this article shows that group appeals can benefit parties as well. Combining manifesto data on policy and group appeals covering 50 years, we revisit the shift from class to catch-all politics in Britain and present three findings. First, a vote share analysis shows that the Labour Party benefited from using not just policy but also group appeals to downplay its class image. Second, consisten ..read more
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