Demographics and Non-Traditional Civic Participation: A Data-Driven Learning Guide (ICPSR 325)

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Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research

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Data-Driven Learning Guides are a collection of instructional exercises that can be used to enhance teaching of core concepts in the social sciences. This learning guide investigates the relationship between demographic characteristics and different forms of civic participation. Defined as involvement in activities intended to influence public policy and leadership, civic participation most commonly takes the form of voting, but also includes less traditional activities such as volunteering to work for a campaign, donating money to a campaign, and protesting. Research questions that can be explored using this learning guide include: what the relationship might be between certain demographic categories and volunteering for a campaign, contributing money to a campaign, and taking part in a political protest, which forms of non-traditional civic participation may be most popular among the various demographic groups, and how elected officials and candidates respond to these less traditional forms of civic participation. Crosstabulation is used for the analyses.