Accounting for Activism among members of youth party organizations

  1. Alarcón González, Francisco Javier 1
  2. Real-Dato, José 2
  1. 1 Universidad de Granada

    Universidad de Granada

    Granada, España


  2. 2 Universidad de Almería

    Universidad de Almería

    Almería, España


Revista internacional de sociología

ISSN: 0034-9712

Year of publication: 2021

Volume: 79

Issue: 4

Type: Article

DOI: 10.3989/RIS.2021.79.4.M21.01 DIALNET GOOGLE SCHOLAR lock_openOpen access editor

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This article focuses on the activism of members of youth party organisations (YPO). The purpose is to explore the explanatory power of three different models of party activism: civic voluntarism model, general incentives model and socio-psychological model. The original dataset used is members of youth sections in Spain (n=2144) including demographic items, social background and some measures of attitudes, motivations and party activism. The findings reveal: (i) some similarity among members of youth sections in relation to activism levels and in a great number of the independent variables used; (ii) a positive impact on party membership and party activism of associationism and expressive attachment to the youth section; (iii) passive and active modalities of activism are related to the possession of money (having a job); and (iv) a good fit of the socio-psychological model with regard to civic voluntarism and general incentive models in active modalities of activism.

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