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Who is invited to influence – and where?: Urban inequality and political recruitment in Sweden
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Social Sciences. (Linnaeus University Centre for Labour Market and Discrimination Studies)
Uppsala universitet.
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Abstract [en]

This paper provides evidence of segregation-generated differences in political recruitment. Focusing on social-geographical differentiation in the urban landscape, we evaluate—in prior work largely neglected—contextual effects on requests for political participation. Consistent with previous research, our analyses suggest that political activists, who try to convince others to participate, systematically use a set of selection criteria when deciding whom to approach. However, using data based on a sample of inhabitants of Swedish cities and properties of their neighbourhoods, we also present evidence for aggregate-level social exclusion influences on individual-level recruitment efforts. Consistent with our theoretical framework, results indicate that the contextual effect stems both from the disproportional population composition in residential areas, and from recruiters‘ rational avoidance of areas marked by high levels of social exclusion. The net result, we conclude, is a reinforcement of urban inequalities when it comes to the chances to be invited to political life.

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Linnéuniversitetet , 2012. , 16 p.
Working paper series / Linnaeus University Centre for Labour Market and Discrimination Studies, 2012:14
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Social Sciences
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Social Sciences, Political Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-32971OAI: diva2:705720
Available from: 2014-03-17 Created: 2014-03-17 Last updated: 2014-04-08Bibliographically approved

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