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Economic, Social and Demographic Determinants of Political Participation in Latin America; Evidence from the 1990s

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  • Gavira, Alejandro

    () (Universida los Andes, Colombia)

  • Panizza, Ugo

    () (Research Department of the Inter-American Development Bank)

  • Seddon Wallack, Jessica

    () (U C San Diego)

Abstract

This paper uses international data on voter turnout and individual-level data to describe levels and distribution of political participation in Latin America. The paper finds that, while voter turnout in Latin America is rather low, the analysis of more general indicators of political activism reveals that participation is fairly homogenous across socio-economic strata. The finding that participation in Latin America, though low, is comparatively egalitarian seems to partly contradict the perception that Latin Americas history has been one of exclusion and marginalization.

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  • Gavira, Alejandro & Panizza, Ugo & Seddon Wallack, Jessica, 2004. "Economic, Social and Demographic Determinants of Political Participation in Latin America; Evidence from the 1990s," Revista Latinoamericana de Desarrollo Economico, Instituto de Investigaciones Socio-Económicas (IISEC), Universidad Católica Boliviana, issue 3, pages 151-182, Octubre.
  • Handle: RePEc:ris:revlde:0305
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    1. Bet Caeyers & Stefan Dercon, 2012. "Political Connections and Social Networks in Targeted Transfer Programs: Evidence from Rural Ethiopia," Economic Development and Cultural Change, University of Chicago Press, vol. 60(4), pages 639 - 675.

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    Keywords

    Participation; Political; Latin-American; 1990;

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    • Z00 - Other Special Topics - - General - - - General

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