Civic and arts activities can energize politics, france and europe

Daniel J. DellaPosta, Terry Nichols Clark, Stephen Sawyer, Arkaida Dini

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This chapter is one of the first to analyze how local culture especially voluntary associations and public arts activities can mobilize citizens and increase voter turnout. This general hypothesis is contextualized by contrasting types of elections (French presidential vs. European Union) and types of art (contemporary, patrimonial, folkloric). We test these contextualized hypotheses by analyzing demographic, cultural, and political data from 263 French communes using linear regression methods. Civic associations and some arts activities seem to increase turnout in European but not presidential elections. Further, arts types vary in their association with voting for different parties. These findings suggest the importance of civic and arts activities for future analyses of voting turnout and party voting.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCan Tocqueville Karaoke. Global Contrasts of Citizen Participation, The Arts and Development
PublisherEmerald Group Publishing Ltd.
Number of pages23
ISBN (Print)9781781907368
StatePublished - 2014

Publication series

NameResearch in Urban Policy
ISSN (Print)1479-3520

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Urban Studies
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law


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