Arbetsrapport, Institutet för Framtidsstudier - Institute for Futures Studies
Political Participation of Ethnic Associations: Exploring the Importance of Organisational Level Differences in Resources, Motivation and Recruitment Networks
() and Bo Bengtsson
In this paper, we apply the Civic Voluntarism Model
(CVM) proposed by Verba, Schlozman and Brady on the organisational level.
Simultaneously contributing to the research on the political integration of
ethnic minorities, we examine resources, motivation and recruitment
networks of ethnic associations, and probe the extent to which these
mechanisms influence collectively organised political participation. We use
data based on face to face interviews with representatives of 106
organisations of four different immigrant groups in Stockholm. Our results
indicate that participation rates of ethnic associations vary with size,
access to information technology, level of internal democracy, overall
aspiration to influence society, and contacts with political elites.
Noteworthy, however, our analyses suggest that members’ proficiency in the
Swedish language is not important in this respect. Conceptually and
methodologically the study demonstrates how the CVM can be fruitfully
applied when analysing differences in the political activity of voluntary
Keywords: Ethnic minorities; Political integration; Ethnic associations; Political participation; Civic Voluntarism Model; Voluntary associations; (follow links to similar papers)
JEL-Codes: J15; J24; J61; J71; (follow links to similar papers)
20 pages, November 22, 2010
ISSN: 1652-120X; ISBN: 978-91-85619-73-3
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