A note on measuring political participation in comparative research

Jan W. van Deth

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This article presents an application of Prezeworski and Teune's so-called “identity-equivalence method” to a large set of indicators of political participation. By relaxing commonly held assumptions about necessary distinctions among types of participation, it is found that the distinction between “conventional” and “unconventional” modes of participation is unnecessary, while the distinction between “government” and “nongovernment” has some merit. The findings also lend further support to the claims of Prezeworski and Teune that the identity-equivalence method is preferable to the identical indicator method.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)261-272
JournalQuality and quantity
Issue number2-3
Publication statusPublished - 1986


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