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Urban inequality and political recruitment networks
Uppsala University, Humanistisk-samhällsvetenskapliga vetenskapsområdet, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Government.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4783-9271
2008 (English)Report (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This paper provides evidence of segregation-generated differences in political recruitment networks. By taking explicit account of social-geographical differentation in the urban landscape, we evaluate - in prior work neglected - contextual effects on requests for participation. Consistent with previous research, we find that those activists who try to convince others to participate in political life systematically use a set of selection criteria when deciding whom to approach. However, using recent data based on a sample of inhabitants of Swedish cities and properties of their neighborhoods, we also show that the degree of (aggregate-level) social exclusion negatively influences (individual-level) recruitment efforts. This contextual effect stems from recruiters' rational avoidance of areas marked by high levels of social exclusion. We conclude that these logics jointly reinforce urban inequalities regarding the chances for ordinary citizens to be invited to political life.

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2008. , 25 p.
, Arbetsrapport/Institutet för Framtidsstudier, ISSN 1652-120X ; 2008:3
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-87122ISBN: 978-91-85619-21-4OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-87122DiVA: diva2:128431
Available from: 2008-12-17 Created: 2008-12-17 Last updated: 2016-04-27Bibliographically approved

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