Participation for What? A Policy-Motivated Approach to Political Activism

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Participation for What? A Policy-Motivated Approach to Political Activism

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dc.contributor.author Platt, Matthew B.
dc.date.accessioned 2010-01-05T18:23:44Z
dc.date.issued 2008
dc.identifier.citation Platt, Matthew. 2008. Participation for what? A policy-motivated approach to political activism. Political Behavior 30(3): 391-413. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 0190-9320 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.InstRepos:3450076
dc.description.abstract Normatively and intuitively, we conceive of political participation as an integral component of democratic policymaking. However, research on participation generally does not include policy considerations as part of individuals’ decisions to engage in activism. I offer an opportunity model of participation that begins to study how policy goals shape individual participation and how aggregate participation shapes policymaking. The central argument is that individuals’ policy goals allow them to recognize those moments when it is most efficient and/or effective to take action. Examining black participation from 1980 to 1994, I show that black Americans are more likely to participate when they face external threats, are embedded in social networks, and have greater access to policymakers. Most importantly, the recognition of these opportunities varies according to individuals’ resources. This research moves beyond the discussion of who participates to address the equally fundamental question: participation for what? en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Government en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Springer Verlag en_US
dc.relation.isversionof http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11109-008-9054-0 en_US
dash.license LAA
dc.subject activism en_US
dc.subject agenda setting en_US
dc.subject black political participation en_US
dc.subject congressional attention en_US
dc.subject black politics en_US
dc.subject opportunity model en_US
dc.title Participation for What? A Policy-Motivated Approach to Political Activism en_US
dc.type Journal Article en_US
dc.description.version Accepted Manuscript en_US
dc.relation.journal Political Behavior en_US
dash.depositing.author Platt, Matthew B.
dc.date.available 2010-01-05T18:23:44Z

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