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Schlozman, Verba, and Brady: Participation's not a paradox

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Schlozman, Verba, and Brady. 1995. Participation's not a paradox: The view from American activists. British Journal of Political Science 25 (January): 1-36.

In Brief

Question: How to gratifications compare across political activities? Findings: (Average percentage of respondents who reported each gratification) see p. 16. Consistent with Rational Choice or Logic of Collective Action Predictions?
Independent Variables Selective material benefits 29% (without outlier = 25%) Least important No.
-selective social benefits 30%, Somewhat important Rational choice probably predicts that social benefits are more than "somewhat" important.
-selective civic gratifications 79%, Very important No.
-desire to influence policy gratifications 48% (without outlier = 54%), Important No.
DV -engaging in voluntary activity


In the 16 types of voluntary activities they tested:

Schlozman et al. also test the subject matter of political activity, but the analysis of gratifications derived from voluntary activity was the primary focus.

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Schlozman, Kay Lehman (author)Verba, Sidney (author)Brady, Henry (author)Political TheorySelf-InterestVotingTurnoutProsocial Behavior

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