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Collective Political Action as Civic Voluntarism: Analysing Ethnic Associations as Political Participants by Translating Individual Level Theory to the Organizational Level.
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9805-1276
Uppsala University.
2015 (English)Report (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This paper presents and empirically evaluates an analytical experiment, in which individual level explanations of differences in political participation are translated to an organizational level. Utilizing the ‘Civic Voluntarism Model’ of participation research, we analyse consequences of voluntary associations’ potentially politically valuable ‘resources’, ‘motivation’ and ‘recruitment networks’. We use unique data from a survey of ethnic associations in Stockholm, Sweden—which may be considered as particularly interesting since in Swedish integration policy such associations are expected to fulfil a formal political role. Estimating a series of regression models, our results suggest that the overall logic of how associational level political participation is encouraged resembles corresponding mechanisms on the individual level. We find that quite basic resources, such as the number of members in a given association, promote participation; also when motivation, as reflected in assessed importance of political influence, is accounted for. Similarly, the results confirm that access to political networks stimulates political participation among voluntary associations. We conclude that both our theoretical argument and empirical findings merit further analyses of ethnic associations as well as other collective actors' political participation in accordance with the approach taken in this study.

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Kalmar/Växjö: Linnaeus University , 2015. , 24 p.
Series
Working paper series / Linnaeus University Centre for Labour Market and Discrimination Studies, 2015:6
National Category
Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)
Research subject
Social Sciences, Political Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-47677OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-47677DiVA: diva2:875015
Available from: 2015-11-30 Created: 2015-11-30 Last updated: 2016-11-08Bibliographically approved

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