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American InsecurityWhy Our Economic Fears Lead to Political Inaction$
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Adam Seth Levine

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780691162966

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691162966.001.0001

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Political Voice across Issues

Political Voice across Issues

(p.161) 6 Political Voice across Issues
American Insecurity

Adam Seth Levine

Princeton University Press

This chapter examines patterns of political participation more broadly across time and space. It directly compares people's likelihood of becoming active based on which political issues they consider most important. The data for this analysis are drawn from the American National Election Study data from the past three decades. The chapter asks: If we look back over the past thirty years, have the people who consider insecurity issues to be most important also been less likely to spend resources on politics than those who consider other issues to be most important? Have they been less likely to donate money to political organizations? And, if they are in the labor force, have they been less likely to volunteer as well? Moreover, do these differences remain even after we take into account other differences between the types of people who prioritize economic insecurity issues versus those who consider other issues to be most important?

Keywords:   solicitation, political mobilization, political participation, American National Election Study

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