Age, cohort or period. disentangling the causes of political disinterest in Spain

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Abstract

To what extent can age, period and cohort effects explain the low levels of political interest in Spain? Age cannot account for the evolution of the aggregate levels of this attitude, whereas generational replacement may be responsible for some degree of change in the medium to long term, although it remains to be determined whether this effect would raise, reproduce, or lower aggregate levels of political interest. Finally, it is advisable to control these effects with the period, the only factor capable of provoking short-term changes in the aggregate level of this attitude. The article also tries to shed some light on the mechanisms responsible for the different levels of political interest among cohorts. It concludes that the degree of social and economic development experienced while growing up is crucial.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)85-110
JournalRevista Espanola de Investigaciones Sociologicas
Issue number139
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 14 Aug 2012

Keywords

  • Age differences
  • Cohort analysis
  • Interest in politics
  • Political attitudes
  • Political socialization
  • Time periods

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