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Participación política y calidad de vida

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  • Rebecca Weitz-Shapiro
  • Matthew S. Winters
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    La obra publicada sobre la utilidad procedimental y los beneficios sicológicos derivados de la participación política, hace pensar que la gente que toma parte en actividades políticas tiende a sentirse más satisfecha con su vida, gracias a la sensación de autonomía, competencia y comunidad que produce esa participación. Datos a nivel del individuo compilados en América Latina muestran —en uno de los conjuntos de datos estudiados, mas no en otro— que existe una relación positiva y estadísticamente significativa entre el ejercicio del voto y la satisfacción con la vida. No obstante, en Costa Rica, la variación en el deseo de votar sugiere que el sentido de causalidad va de la felicidad al voto y no al contrario. Además, el uso de modelos de múltiples niveles revela una relación negativa sistemática de un país a otro entre el ejercicio obligatorio del sufragio y la felicidad, que hasta ahora no ha sido explicada teóricamente. Sólo se han hallado resultados preliminares sobre la relación entre algunas otras formas de participación política y la satisfacción con la vida.

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    Paper provided by Inter-American Development Bank, Research Department in its series Research Department Publications with number 4584.

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