Civic talk and civic participation: The moderating effect of individual predispositions

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Individuals who discuss politics and current events in their social network also participate in civic activities. However, analytical biases make it difficult to show a causal relationship between these two phenomena. To obtain a more accurate measurement of the effect that civic talk has on civic participation, data were collected through a panel study conducted on students who were randomly assigned to their college dormitory roommates. These data show that engaging in civic talk causes civic participation. The evidence also shows that the civic talk effect is mitigated for individuals who are not already predisposed to participate in civic activities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)856-878
Number of pages23
JournalAmerican Politics Research
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 2009


  • Civic participation
  • Matching methods
  • Political discussion
  • Political participation
  • Political predispositions
  • Social networks

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science


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