The Compensation Effect of Civic Education on Political Engagement: How Civics Classes Make Up for Missing Parental Socialization

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Discipline 1 Political science
Discipline 2
Publication Title The Compensation Effect of Civic Education on Political Engagement: How Civics Classes Make Up for Missing Parental Socialization
Description We study the effects of civic education on political engagement, focusing especially on whether and how civic education can compensate for missing parental political socialization. We use data from the Belgian Political Panel Study (2006-2011) and the U.S. Youth-Parent Socialization Panel Study (1965-1997), which both contain information on political attitudes and behaviors of adolescents and young adults, those of their parents, and on the educational curriculum of the young respondents. Our findings suggest that civics training in schools indeed compensates for inequalities in family socialization with respect to political engagement.
Publication Year 2015
Publication Author Anja Neundorf, Richard Niemi, Kaat Smets
Publication Type Study
Publisher Political Behavior
Major Funders
Publication Link https://www.nuffield.ox.ac.uk/media/1744/neundorf-et-al-2015-civic-education.pdf