Democratic participation in a globalised World : immigrants in Australia in the early 21st century

Bean, Clive S. (2012) Democratic participation in a globalised World : immigrants in Australia in the early 21st century. Australian Journal of Political Science, 47(1), pp. 115-131.

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This study considers patterns of political participation in Australia in the early 21st Century, using recent data from the Australian Election Study. The paper reassesses how Australia fits within broader patterns of political participation and investigates major predictors of participation in Australia to see how these have or have not changed in a globalised era that has brought new challenges. Factors considered include socio-demographic variables, such as education, age, gender, birthplace and place of residence and also attitudinal orientations towards politics, such as political interest, efficacy and trust. The paper pays particular attention to those who have moved to Australia from other countries. One of the most important findings is that immigrants show little or no sign of any participatory disadvantage and indeed tend to participate more than the Australian-born in some modes of participation, such as campaign activities. The analysis also identifies a clear participatory divide within a number of socio-demographic groups in use of the internet for gaining election information.

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ID Code: 57404
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Political participation, Australia, Immigrants
DOI: 10.1080/10361146.2011.643160
ISSN: 1036-1146
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > POLITICAL SCIENCE (160600) > Australian Government and Politics (160601)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 Taylor & Francis
Copyright Statement: This is a preprint of an article submitted for consideration in the Australian Journal of Political Science © 2013 [copyright Taylor & Francis]; Australian Journal of Political Science is available online at:
Deposited On: 21 Feb 2013 23:15
Last Modified: 02 Oct 2013 05:19

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