Networks of Mobilization: Student Involvement in a Municipal Election

37 Pages Posted: 15 Jul 2012 Last revised: 21 Aug 2012

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Matthew Pietryka

Florida State University - Department of Political Science

Robert Huckfeldt

University of California, Davis - Department of Political Science

Daniel Maliniak

University of California, San Diego (UCSD) - Department of Political Science

Patrick Miller

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Ronald B Rapoport

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Jack Reilly

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: 2012

Abstract

An enduring issue in the study of political participation is the extent to which political awareness and engagement are socially or individually motivated. We address these issues in the context of a municipal election which generated a high level of political engagement on the part of college students for whom the election was relevant. An effort was made to interview all these students using an on-line survey, and the students were asked to provide information on their friendship networks. The paper demonstrates that awareness and engagement are not simply a consequence of individually defined interests and awareness, but rather that individuals are informed and engaged based on their locations within structured networks of social interaction.

Keywords: social networks, mobilization, political communication

Suggested Citation

Pietryka, Matthew and Huckfeldt, Robert and Maliniak, Daniel and Miller, Patrick and Rapoport, Ronald B and Reilly, Jack, Networks of Mobilization: Student Involvement in a Municipal Election (2012). APSA 2012 Annual Meeting Paper, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2108277

Matthew Pietryka (Contact Author)

Florida State University - Department of Political Science ( email )

Talahasse, FL 30306
United States

Robert Huckfeldt

University of California, Davis - Department of Political Science ( email )

One Shields Avenue
Davis, CA 95616
United States

Daniel Maliniak

University of California, San Diego (UCSD) - Department of Political Science ( email )

9500 Gilman Drive
Code 0521
La Jolla, CA 92093-0521
United States

Patrick Miller

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Ronald B Rapoport

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Jack Reilly

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