One of Us: Multilevel Models Examining the Impact of Descriptive Representation on Civic Engagement

29 Pages Posted: 13 Aug 2009 Last revised: 21 Aug 2009

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Pippa Norris

Harvard University - Harvard Kennedy School (HKS); University of Sydney

Mona Lena Krook

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

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Date Written: 2009

Abstract

This paper examines the impact of descriptive representation in comparative perspective. The goals are to establish (1) whether descriptive representation mobilizes attitudinal and behavioral indicators of civic engagement; (2) whether the strength of any such relationship differs for women and young people; and (3) whether this relationship is evident cross-nationally.

The first section provides an overview of existing research on descriptive representation and the civic engagement of women and young people. The second section presents the research design. The third reports and discusses the findings of the multilevel models and what these suggest about relationships between descriptive representation in national parliaments and patterns in civic engagement among citizens. The paper concludes with a summary of the major findings and reflects upon their implications for understanding and altering long-standing inequalities in civic engagement.

Keywords: Political participation, descriptive representation, gender and young people

Suggested Citation

Norris, Pippa and Krook, Mona Lena, One of Us: Multilevel Models Examining the Impact of Descriptive Representation on Civic Engagement (2009). APSA 2009 Toronto Meeting Paper. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1451149

Pippa Norris (Contact Author)

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University of Sydney ( email )

University of Sydney
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Mona Lena Krook

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey ( email )

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