Skip to main content
Article thumbnail
Location of Repository

Trends in civic participation and the influence of neighborhood characteristics

By H. Posthumus


Whereas some previous studies have showed that neighborhoods affect civic participation and others showed that civic participation is declining, the relation between the two findings has not been studied yet. This is surprising since amongst others Putnam argued that declining participation could be due to the decreased influence of social contexts such as the neighborhood. Therefore, in this study multi-level modeling is used to test whether neighborhood effects are present participation is declining, and whether the two are related. To this end longitudinal data from the survey ‘Nieuw Utrechts Peil’ between 1996 and 2006 are used (N=33,861). Our results show that little of the variance in participatory behavior can be ascribed to neighborhood characteristics and that only few neighborhood characteristics affect participatory behavior. Furthermore, an increase of participation has been found. While participation is increasing, the influence of neighborhood characteristics has remained stable or declined

Topics: Sociale Wetenschappen
Year: 2009
OAI identifier:
Download PDF:
Sorry, we are unable to provide the full text but you may find it at the following location(s):
  • (external link)
  • Suggested articles

    To submit an update or takedown request for this paper, please submit an Update/Correction/Removal Request.