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Participation and Political Equality : A Seven-Nation Comparison - Sidney Verba

Participation and Political Equality

A Seven-Nation Comparison

Paperback Published: 28th January 1980
ISBN: 9780521297219
Number Of Pages: 420

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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.

'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

Introduction
Comparing participatory systems
The modes of democratic participation
The puzzle
Individual propensities and institutional constraints: a model
Parties and organisations
Individual and institutional forces: the model applied
Some variations on our model: parties of the left and right
Social segmentation and political equality: expectations
Social segmentation and political equality: application
Party and participation in Yugoslavia
Men and women: sex-related differences in political activity
the community context of participation
Stratification and politics: some consequences
Appendices
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ISBN: 9780521297219
ISBN-10: 0521297214
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 420
Published: 28th January 1980
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 2.36
Weight (kg): 0.61