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ERIC Number: ED503827
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Nov-23
Pages: 50
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 98
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Skilled Voices?: Reflections on Political Participation and Education in Austria. OECD Education Working Papers, No. 11
Walter, Florian; Rosenberger, Sieglinde
OECD Publishing (NJ1)
This study, part of OECD/CERI's project on Measuring the Social Outcomes of Learning, investigates the relationship between educational attainment and political participation in Austria. First, a model based on various theoretical considerations is introduced. This incorporates direct educational effects as well as indirect effects that occur through material resources, social capital, civic orientations and values. Using a multivariate analytical approach the model is applied to the 2002 European Social Survey. Three forms of political participation are distinguished, namely voting, elite-directed and elite-challenging activities. Educational attainment is found to have significant effects on all three types but the strongest impact is on elite-challenging activities. The latter includes forms of political action such as signing petitions and buying or boycotting certain products which are increasingly accepted as a legitimate way to express one's political preferences. Most of the effects of education arise through intermediate variables, including social capital (especially affiliation with non-political organisations), civic orientations (political interest as well as internal and external efficacy) and individual (postmaterialist) values. The effect of education on elite-directed activity operated primarily through organisational affiliation, as well as internal and external efficacy. In contrast, the effect of education on elite-challenging activity seems to be fostered via social environments that combine high levels of political interest, interpersonal trust, postmaterialist values and a certain degree of scepticism against political institutions. The paper concludes with suggestions for policy and research. (Contains 11 footnotes, 2 figures and 12 tables.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development
Identifiers - Location: Austria