Work values and political participation: A cross-national analysis
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SourceAnnals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, 682, 1, (2019), pp. 186-203
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Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science
SubjectInequality, cohesion and modernization; Ongelijkheid, cohesie en modernisering
This study examines to what extent extrinsic and intrinsic work values are associated with nonelectoral political participation, such as signing a petition and taking part in a public demonstration. We examine whether individualism and economic factors at the country level moderate the relation between work values and political participation. Using data from two rounds of the European Social Survey covering thirty-one countries (N = 55,927), results show that people who are extrinsically motivated are less politically active, while people who are intrinsically motivated are more politically active. Comparatively low national wealth weakens these relations. Findings also reveal that people who highly value extrinsic job rewards are even less politically active in individualist countries, whereas people who highly value intrinsic job aspects are more politically engaged in those countries. Overall, this study adds to understanding who is politically active and under which conditions.
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