Voting and Social Inclusion

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dc.contributor.author Bevelander, Pieter
dc.contributor.author Pendakur, Ravi
dc.date.accessioned 2011-12-21T11:32:30Z
dc.date.available 2011-12-21T11:32:30Z
dc.date.issued 2011 en_US
dc.identifier.issn 0020-7985 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2043/12894
dc.description.abstract Three decades ago, Sweden extended municipal and provincial voting privileges to non-citizen residents arguing that it would increase political influence, interest and self-esteem among foreign citizens. The aim of this paper is to explore the act of voting as a measure of social inclusion by comparing voting propensities of immigrants (people born outside Sweden), their descendants (born in Sweden) and native Swedish citizens (those who have citizenship through jus sanguine) while controlling for a range of socio-economic, demographic characteristics, contextual factors and a set of “hard” and “soft” social inclusion related variables. In particular we focus on the impact of citizenship acquisition -- does the symbolic act of attaining citizenship result in increased voting participation on the part of Swedish residents who are not citizens by birth. We use the Swedish 2006 electoral survey matched to registry data from Statistics Sweden to assess the correlates of voting by Swedish-born and immigrant residents. Using instrumental variable regressions we estimate the impact of citizenship acquisition. We find that acquisition of citizenship makes a real difference to the probability of voting. Immigrants who naturalise are in general far more likely to vote than those who do not. en_US
dc.format.extent 26
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Wiley en_US
dc.subject immigration en_US
dc.subject voting en_US
dc.subject political participation en_US
dc.subject integration en_US
dc.subject.classification Humanities/Social Sciences en_US
dc.title Voting and Social Inclusion en_US
dc.type Article, peer reviewed scientific en_US
dc.contributor.department Malmö University. Faculty of Culture and Society en_US
dc.contributor.department Malmö University. Global Political Studies (GPS) en_US
dc.identifier.doi 10.1111/j.1468-2435.2010.00605.x en_US
dc.subject.srsc Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES en_US
dc.relation.ispartofpublication International Migration;4
dc.relation.ispartofpublicationvolume 49 en_US
dc.format.ePage 92
dc.format.sPage 67
mahlocal.rights.oaType green
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