Association Membership, Ethnocentrism and Individualism in Longitudinal Perspective: Evidence from 9/11

29 Pages Posted: 5 Aug 2013

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Benny Geys

BI Norwegian Business School; Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) - Applied Economics Department

Zuzana Murdoch

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: 2013

Abstract

Research linking civic engagement to citizens’ values and norms concentrates on the direction and causal nature of this relation. It often ignores that the engagement-values relation may be context-specific, and might differ over time (and space). Theoretically, we build on an historical-institutionalist approach to argue that the engagement-values relation may not exist. Empirically, we take an explicitly longitudinal perspective to assess the ensuing prediction that exogenous shocks (such as the 9/11 attacks analysed here) may affect its strength and direction. Our findings, using a unique dataset consisting of six waves of a survey conducted in Flanders between 2001 and 2008, confirm this hypothesis.

Keywords: Voluntary Associations, Civic engagement, Social values, 9/11, Historical Institutionalism.

Suggested Citation

Geys, Benny and Murdoch, Zuzana, Association Membership, Ethnocentrism and Individualism in Longitudinal Perspective: Evidence from 9/11 (2013). APSA 2013 Annual Meeting Paper, American Political Science Association 2013 Annual Meeting, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2299579

Benny Geys (Contact Author)

BI Norwegian Business School ( email )

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Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) - Applied Economics Department ( email )

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1040 Etterbeek
Brussel, CA 1040
Belgium

Zuzana Murdoch

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

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