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New Forms of Political Participation: Searching for Expert Citizens and Everyday Makers

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  08 February 2008

YAOJUN LI
Affiliation:
Institute for Social Change, Manchester University
DAVID MARSH
Affiliation:
Department of Sociology, Birmingham University

Abstract

Declining political participation has caused much concern among political scientists and politicians. This article builds upon Henrik Bang's conceptualization of Expert Citizens and Everyday Makers as new forms of political participation. Using the 2001 Home Office Citizenship Survey, we identify four types of political participant: Political Activists, Expert Citizens, Everyday Makers and Non-Participants. We assess the socio-demographic and cultural factors underlying these different types of participant. We then move on to explore the association between the types of political participation and two domains of political beliefs/actions: political trust and efficacy; and political contacting and voice. Our analysis shows significant differences between the types of participant in the two domains under investigation and thus lends support to our development of Bang's conceptualization of new forms of political participation as useful tools in empirical research.

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2008 Cambridge University Press

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