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Participation and Political Equality
A Seven-Nation Comparison

  • Date Published: January 1980
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521297219

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  • In this survey of political participation in seven nations - Nigeria, Austria, Japan, India, the Netherlands, Yugoslavia and the United States - the authors examine the relationship between social, economic, and educational factors and political participation. The book provides insight into an ongoing debate among political scientists and sociologist: why is political participation in some nations distributed evenly across economic, social, and educational lines, whereas other nations foster participation only by their privileged classes? The book treats politics not only as a dependent variable influenced by socioeconomic factors, but also as an independent variable that affects levels of political participation through variations in party systems and linkages between parties and other organizations.

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    'Most impressive is the quality of thought displayed throughout … the book could be recommended as a tour de force of the intellect, quite apart from the subject matter it treats.' Dr David Abernethy, Stanford University

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    • Date Published: January 1980
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521297219
    • length: 420 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 24 mm
    • weight: 0.61kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. Comparing participatory systems
    3. The modes of democratic participation
    4. The puzzle
    5. Individual propensities and institutional constraints: a model
    6. Parties and organisations
    7. Individual and institutional forces: the model applied
    8. Some variations on our model: parties of the left and right
    9. Social segmentation and political equality: expectations
    10. Social segmentation and political equality: application
    11. Party and participation in Yugoslavia
    12. Men and women: sex-related differences in political activity
    13. the community context of participation
    14. Stratification and politics: some consequences
    Appendices.

  • Authors

    Sidney Verba, Harvard University

    Norman H. Nie, University of Chicago

    Jae-on Kim, University of Iowa

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