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How Politics Captures People's Interest

  • Date Published: December 2018
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  • isbn: 9781108359641

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  • Political interest is the strongest predictor of 'good citizenship', yet hardly anything is known about it. For the first time in over three decades, here is a study explaining what political interest is, where it comes from, and why it matters. Providing the most thorough description available of political interest in four Western democracies this study analyzes large household panel data sets rarely used in political science to explain how interest develops in people's lives. In an accessible manner, the book's analytical approach pushes applied social scientists to consider how panel data can be used to better understand political behavior. It does so in a way that doesn't gloss over complexities, and explains them in straightforward language. Advanced statistical methods are presented informally, accompanied by graphical illustrations that require no prior knowledge to understand the methods used.

    • The first book in over thirty years to study political interest, and the first ever publication that explains why some people are more interested in politics than others
    • Provides the most thorough description available of political interest within the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany and Switzerland
    • Statistical methods are explained informally and presented in a way that requires no statistical background for understanding
    • Uses methodological tools for panel analysis that can also be applied to many other areas of political behaviour and political psychology
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    • Date Published: December 2018
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9781108359641
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    1. Why political interest matters and how to understand its origins
    Part I. Describing Political Interest:
    2. The psychology of political interest 3. Measuring political interest
    4. The impact of elections
    5. Sixty years of political interest
    Part II. The Development of Political Interest:
    6. Political interest over the life course: the population average
    7. Stability and variation in political interest
    8. Differences in age trajectories
    Part III. Explaining Change in Political Interest:
    9. The big benefits of panel data analysis
    10. Education
    11. Parents
    12. Money, health, and happiness
    13. Encounters with politics
    14. The impact of political attitudes and identities
    15. Conclusion
    Data appendix

  • Author

    Markus Prior, Princeton University, New Jersey
    Markus Prior is Professor of Politics and Public Affairs at Princeton University. He is author of Post-Broadcast Democracy (Cambridge, 2007), which won the 2009 Goldsmith Book Prize and the 2010 Doris Graber Award for the 'best book on political communication in the last 10 years'. Prior's work has appeared in multiple journals including American Political Science Review, the American Journal of Political Science, and the Journal of Politics.

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