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The endless baby-boomer generation: Cohort differences in participation in political discussions in nine European countries in the period 1976-2008
Chauvel, Louis; Smits, Fransje
2015In European Societies, 17 (2), p. 242-278
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Keywords :
Cohort analysis; Political discussion; generations
Abstract :
[en] Important cohort fluctuations in participation in political discussions exist but have not been sufficiently underlined as an important source of change. We make use of a large European comparative dataset (Eurobarometer 1976-2008) and of recent improvements of the APC methodology to have a better assessment of these cohort-based changes. Thereafter, we search for appropriate explanations for these cohort fluctuations with contextual elements of cohort specific socialization and life conditions. The Easterlin effect (problematic consequences of oversized birth cohort) and the economic scarcity scarring effect explanation (difficulties of socialization of cohorts that faced economic slow down at age 20) are tested. The economic explanation is better than the demographic one.
Research center :
inside irsei
Disciplines :
Sociology & social sciences
Author, co-author :
Chauvel, Louis ;  University of Luxembourg > Faculty of Language and Literature, Humanities, Arts and Education (FLSHASE) > Integrative Research Unit: Social and Individual Development (INSIDE)
Smits, Fransje ;  University of Luxembourg > Faculty of Language and Literature, Humanities, Arts and Education (FLSHASE) > Integrative Research Unit: Social and Individual Development (INSIDE)
External co-authors :
yes
Language :
English
Title :
The endless baby-boomer generation: Cohort differences in participation in political discussions in nine European countries in the period 1976-2008
Publication date :
2015
Journal title :
European Societies
ISSN :
1461-6696
Publisher :
Routledge
Volume :
17
Issue :
2
Pages :
242-278
Peer reviewed :
Peer reviewed
Name of the research project :
R-AGR-0269-13 > FNR/P11/05 + FNR/P12/06 : PEARL ProSocial volet sociologique > 01/06/2012 - 31/05/2017 > CHAUVEL Louis
Funders :
FNR - Fonds National de la Recherche [LU]
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