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Does poor health cause political passivity even in a Scandinavian welfare state?: Investigating the impact of self-rated health using Swedish panel data
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Government.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8717-0189
2020 (English)In: Electoral Studies, ISSN 0261-3794, E-ISSN 1873-6890, Vol. 65, article id 102110Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Poor health is generally believed to cause political passivity. Prior studies that satisfactorily acknowledge the causality problems involved are mainly limited to considering turnout and the U.S.A., so we lack knowledge of how non-electoral participation is affected in other countries. This article considers Sweden, characterized by a generous welfare state and an extensive public health system. Using unique panel data, which allow more thorough analyses of causality, poor health was found to have a negative effect on voting but not on non-electoral participation. By primarily focusing on other countries than Sweden and the U.S.A., it is a task for future longitudinal research to show whether the belief that poor health lead to political passivity is incorrect—or whether Sweden is an exceptional case, due to the barriers to participation being particularly low there.

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Elsevier, 2020. Vol. 65, article id 102110
Keywords [en]
Political participation, Health, Causal effect, Panel data, Sweden, Scandinavian welfare state
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Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalisation Studies)
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Political Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-401066DOI: 10.1016/j.electstud.2019.102110ISI: 000536750400004OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-401066DiVA, id: diva2:1382770
Available from: 2020-01-05 Created: 2020-01-05 Last updated: 2020-08-26Bibliographically approved

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