Not all politics is national? A multilevel analysis of local and national political engagement across Europe

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Abstract

Analyses of political behaviour tend to focus exclusively on the national level of
politics. However, recent contributions to the literature make the case that distinct processes are at play behind political engagement for different territorial levels.
This article examines and compares the degrees of interest in local and national
politics in Europe. A series of multilevel logit models are fitted to the data (n = 29,234 from 31 countries) using covariates at the individual and country level. At the individual level, intense ideological commitment is more associated with involvement in national rather than local politics, while more membership in multiple civil society organisations increases the likelihood of being engaged in local politics. Living in a country with a more decentralized institutional structure is associated with a higher likelihood of discussing local politics, while stronger economic development is linked to a more intense engagement towards national matters. We argue that the full range of democratic practice may remain underappreciated if non-national politics is left out of the picture.
Original languageEnglish
Pages1-21
Number of pages21
Publication statusPublished - 25 Jun 2015
EventCongreso Español de Ciencia Política y de la Administración: ¿Dónde está hoy el poder? - Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea - Universidad del Pais Vasco, San Sebastián, Spain
Duration: 13 Jul 201515 Jul 2015
Conference number: XII
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OtherCongreso Español de Ciencia Política y de la Administración
Abbreviated titleCongreso de AECPA
CountrySpain
CitySan Sebastián
Period13/07/1515/07/15
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    Cancela, J. (2015). Not all politics is national? A multilevel analysis of local and national political engagement across Europe. 1-21. Paper presented at Congreso Español de Ciencia Política y de la Administración, San Sebastián, Spain.