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Politics within. A study of factors influencing internal political efficacy in international comparison

Author(s): Márton Bene
Subject(s): Political behavior, Comparative politics
Published by: MTA Politikai Tudományi Intézete
Keywords: external political efficacy; internal political efficacy; contextlevel explanations; political system; media system; life quality

Summary/Abstract: This study is designed to uncover the individual- and context-level factors that shape the level of both external and internal political efficacy using the database of the seventh round of European social survey (Ess). The general research question is what role context-level factors play compared to the individual-level predictors at the level of political efficacy. Also, the study tests several literature-based and newly-formed hypotheses on a representative sample of 19 countries including more than 22 thousand respondents. regarding individual-level explanations, a novelty of the study that it examines the effects of non-political life quality variables besides the widely studied socio-economic- and political behaviour variables. Thus far, context-level explanations have received less attention in the political efficacy-literature. To bridge this gap, this study examines the effects of certain characteristics, namely the extension and the performance of the political system and – as a novelty –some features of the media system. The results suggest that political efficacy is primarily shaped by individual-level factors, but the disproportionality of the electoral system, the extension of the political system, the level of corruption and the political significance of the media system are significantly associated with the level of external political efficacy, while the level of GdP is related to internal political efficacy.

  • Issue Year: XXVII/2018
  • Issue No: 3
  • Page Range: 7-31
  • Page Count: 25
  • Language: Hungarian