By A. Goerres

This ebook is the 1st comparative research of the political behaviour of older humans, utilizing proof from 20+ eu democracies. not like more youthful humans throughout ecu societies, older humans don't behave uniformly. For political participation in later existence, it concerns the place and whilst contributors have grown up and within which nation they become older.

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As we age, the perception of the social norm changes because we are more and more likely to have followed societal rules in the past and to identify with the society that produces the social norm. The older person has held many social roles in his or her life – such as parent, employee, grandparent, retiree – and has been subjected to many social expectations. The social norms of that society have increasingly become part of the older person’s personal, subjective norm because of the growing expectations to behave according to social norms.

This chapter presents a testable model to explain differences in political participation between age groups. It also discusses the implications of patterns of difference at the individual level for the democratic participation process. First, I present some necessary assumptions about human nature and about how it affects the origins of political preferences and decision making. Second, I present a general, resource-based model of political participation in the tradition of Verba and his colleagues (1995).

Another life-cycle hypothesis for voting choice is growing adherence to parties that are large and/or regularly part of government (Barnes 1989). These parties can leave a recurring impression on ageing voters over their lifetimes by being members of government or the leading opposition (and the greater media coverage that goes along with it). As we age, we develop a stronger established-party bias. Smaller parties are consequently at a disadvantage among older voters because their sustainable legacy in ageing voters’ minds is less well established.

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