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Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/24911

Title: Political Learning and the Pathways to Political Engagement
Authors: White, Stephen
Advisor: Nevitte, Neil
Department: Political Science
Keywords: Canadian politics
political behaviour
Issue Date: 1-Sep-2010
Abstract: This thesis addresses two central questions: How in the long run do Canadian citizens learn about politics? And how does long term experience with politics influence democratic political engagement? The theoretical framework employed in this study makes four basic assumptions about citizens: they are intendedly rational, they use cognitive shortcuts, they are adaptive, and they often face deep uncertainty about the political world. These core assumptions generate a broad set of expectations about how long term experience with politics systematically affects citizen behaviour. This evidence indicates that years of accumulated experience with Canadian politics fundamentally shapes the political outlooks and behaviours of Canadian citizens. Political experience affects whether citizens vote, whether they get the requisite political information that helps them to make reasoned political judgments, and how different considerations enter into their vote choices. Moreover, and despite their different backgrounds, long term experience with Canadian politics influences democratic political engagement among Canadian born citizens and immigrant Canadians in strikingly similar ways.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/24911
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