Title
The first time is the hardest? A cross-national and cross-issue comparison of first-time protest participants The first time is the hardest? A cross-national and cross-issue comparison of first-time protest participants
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Social Sciences. Political Sciences
Publication type
article
Publication
New York ,
Subject
Politics
Source (journal)
Political behavior. - New York
Volume/pages
31(2009) :3 , p. 455-484
ISSN
0190-9320
ISI
000269015300007
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
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Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
The study aims to extend the existing knowledge about the dynamics of first-time participation in protest events. To tackle that puzzle we rely on extensive and innovative protest survey evidence covering 18 separate demonstrations in eight countries across nine different issues. On the individual level, age, motivation, and non-organizational mobilization appear to be consistent and robust predictors of first-timership. On the aggregate level, demonstrations staged just after or during a protest wave, large demonstrations, and demonstrations of old or new emotional movements are attended by a relatively larger share of first-timers. We conclude that it is thus the interplay of individual- and aggregate-level determinants that produces first-time participation.
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