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The Population Ecology of Grassroots Democracy: Christian Right Interest Populations and Citizen Participation in the American States

Paul A. Djupe and Kimberly H. Conger
Political Research Quarterly
Vol. 65, No. 4 (DECEMBER 2012), pp. 924-937
Published by: Sage Publications, Inc. on behalf of the University of Utah
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/41759324
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Abstract

Prior research on citizen political participation suggests a narrow role for organizations, that they promote the political activity solely of their members. Yet studies at the individual level cannot assess any other role for organizations than a narrow, direct one. The authors estimate hierarchical models of how the intensity of Christian Right groups' activism in the states affects individual political participation as a means of identifying the degree of context dependence of grassroots activism. The authors find evidence to support a broad-based, pluralist effect of movement activism rather than a narrow effect of mobilizing a target constituency.

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