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Parents, Peers, and Politics: The Long-term Effects of Vertical Social Ties
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Government.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8466-3041
Michigan State Univ, E Lansing, MI 48824 USA..
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Government.
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2020 (English)In: Quarterly Journal of Political Science, ISSN 1554-0626, E-ISSN 1554-0634, Vol. 15, no 2, p. 221-253Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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We examine how one's adult political participation is affected by having social ties to a politician during adolescence. Specifically, we estimate the long-term effect of having had a classmate during upper secondary school whose parent was running for office on future voter turnout and the likelihood of running for and winning political office. We use unique Swedish population-wide administrative data and find that students in school classes with a larger number of politically active parents are more politically active as adults, both in terms of voting and political candidacy. Our results suggest that the effect of vertical social ties is predominantly mediated by indirect links between the politician and the student via the children of politicians. Moreover, we show that the strength of these mobilizing effects depends on the individual's basic predisposition to engage in different types of political activities.

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NOW PUBLISHERS INC , 2020. Vol. 15, no 2, p. 221-253
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Political participation, vertical ties, Sweden
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Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalisation Studies)
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-410887DOI: 10.1561/100.00019057ISI: 000526034500004OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-410887DiVA, id: diva2:1432078
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EU, European Research Council, 683214 CONPOLSwedish Research Council, 2017-02472Available from: 2020-05-26 Created: 2020-05-26 Last updated: 2020-05-26Bibliographically approved

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