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Title: Political participation in context : the effects of segregation, diversity and inequality in Britain
Author: Skirmuntt, Mariana
Awarding Body: University of Essex
Current Institution: University of Essex
Date of Award: 2013
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This thesis aims to provide Cl better understanding oj how certain features of British localities affect citizens involvement in non-electoral political activities. The first two chapters study the effects of contextual features on self-reported political engagement. Chapter 1 investigates the political consequences of ethnic minority clustering in English local authorities. It provides an empirical assessment of the ethnic community and the racial threat models, which predict that there is more collective political action among majorities and minorities in segregated contexts. The chapter also considers alternative models which predict that there should be less political engagement in ethnically segregated localities due to a lower frequency of inter-group interactions therein. It finds that Asian and black clustering does not affect the degree of collective participation within such groups, but that whites are less likely to develop cooperative political actions in areas with high concentrations of Asians. Chapter 2 analyses how the local economic context shapes citizens' political participation in both individual and collective political actions. It focuses on the political consequences of economic inequality and economic segregation. Existing theories produce contradictory expectations. Some predict greater participation due to the conflict of preferences, while others predict less participation due to political alienation. The chapter concludes that, while inequality generates more individualist political actions, economic segregation encourages collective political actions
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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