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In: Sociológia - Slovak Sociological Review, vol. 46, no. 6


Power and Influence-Based Political Participation in European Democracies

Matej Makarovič - Mateja Rek

ISSN 0049-1225 ISSN 1336-8613 (print)

Year, pages: 2014, 686-705

Published: 0000-00-00

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Article type: štúdia

Abstract:

Power and Influence-Based Political Participation in European Democracies. In this article, we analyse issues related to political participation from the perspective of sociological theory. The key argument is based on a theoretical framework distinguishing clearly between power and influence. We employ Talcott Parsons' theory of steering media and use it as a base on which to build a classification of forms of political participation. We show that with the development of a society, power-based political participation is not being replaced by influence-based political participation. Instead, in developed societies, the number of active citizens increases, and they tend to use more of both power-based and influence-based forms of political participation. Based on our classification of the forms of political participation, we examine a set of quantitative indicators using a hierarchical cluster analysis in order to explore differences and similarities among EU members as regards the use of power or influence-based forms of political participation. Sociológia 2014, Vol. 46 (No. 6: 686-705)

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ISO 690:
Makarovič, M., Rek, M. 2014. Power and Influence-Based Political Participation in European Democracies. In Sociológia - Slovak Sociological Review, vol. 46, no.6, pp. 686-705.

APA:
Makarovič, M., Rek, M. (2014). Power and Influence-Based Political Participation in European Democracies. Sociológia - Slovak Sociological Review, 46(6), 686-705.

Keywords: political participation; democracy; Europe; influence; power