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The effect of government responsiveness on future political participation (English)

What effect does government responsiveness have on political participation? Since the 1940s political scientists have used attitudinal measures of perceived efficacy to explain participation. More recent work has focused on underlying genetic factors that condition citizen engagement. The authors develop a ‘calculus of participation’ that incorporates objective efficacy, the extent to which an individual’s participation actually has an impact, and test the model against behavioral data from FixMyStreet.com (n=399,364). The authors find that a successful first experience using FixMyStreet.com (e.g., reporting a pothole and having it fixed) is associated with a 54 percent increase in the probability of an individual submitting a second report. The authors also show that the experience of government responsiveness to the first report submitted has predictive power over all future report submissions. The findings highlight the importance of government responsiveness for fostering an active citizenry, while demonstrating the value of incidentally collected data to examine participatory behavior at the individual level.

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  • Author

    Sjoberg,Fredrik Matias, Mellon,Andrew Jonathan, Peixoto,Tiago Carneiro

  • Document Date

    2015/02/26

  • Document Type

    Working Paper

  • Report Number

    99519

  • Volume No

    1

  • Total Volume(s)

    1

  • Country

    World,

  • Region

    The World Region,

  • Disclosure Date

    2015/09/15

  • Disclosure Status

    Disclosed

  • Doc Name

    The effect of government responsiveness on future political participation

  • Keywords

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Sjoberg,Fredrik Matias Mellon,Andrew Jonathan Peixoto,Tiago Carneiro

The effect of government responsiveness on future political participation (English). Washington, D.C. : World Bank Group. http://documents.worldbank.org/curated/en/637241467995637358/The-effect-of-government-responsiveness-on-future-political-participation