Emanating political participation: Untangling the spatial structure behind participation

Wendy K.Tam Cho, Thomas J. Rudolph

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This is an analysis of the spatial structure of political participation in the United States using spatial econometric techniques and newly available geo-coded data. The results provide strong evidence that political participation is geographically clustered, and that this clustering cannot be explained entirely by social network involvement, individual-level characteristics, such as race, income, education, cognitive forms of political engagement, or by aggregate-level factors such as racial diversity, income inequality, mobilization or mean education level. The analysis suggests that the spatial structure of participation is consistent with a diffusion process that occurs independently from citizens' involvement in social networks.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)273-289
Number of pages17
JournalBritish Journal of Political Science
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Political Science and International Relations


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