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Type Journal Article
Scope Discipline-based scholarship
Title Political Consumer Gap between Foreign Residents and Swiss Citizens: The Explanatory Relationship of Political Resources and Citizenship Status
Organization Unit
  • Deborah Kalte
Item Subtype Original Work
Refereed Yes
Status Published in final form
  • English
Journal Title Swiss Political Science Review = Schweizerische Zeitschrift für Politikwissenschaft
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, Inc.
Geographical Reach international
ISSN 1424-7755
Volume 28
Number 4
Page Range 653 - 674
Date 2022
Abstract Text In most Western democracies, non-institutionalized political activities such as political consumerism often represent the only accessible means of political expression for foreign residents. However, the few studies available to date show that foreign residents consume significantly less politically than national citizens. This study examines how the key political resources education, political interest, and organization membership may account for this gap. By means of original survey data from Switzerland, I find that (i) organization membership is the strongest predictor for political consumerism but does not explain the participation gap; (ii) political interest is the most important resource to explain why foreign residents consume less politically than Swiss citizens; and (iii) the three resources work similarly for both groups, whereas political interest and education act as partial mediators. The results of this study suggest that political resources mediate rather than moderate political consumer differences based on citizenship status.
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Digital Object Identifier 10.1111/spsr.12538
Other Identification Number merlin-id:22568
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