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Op zoek naar de 'monitorial citizen' : Een empirisch onderzoek naar de prevalentie van postmodern burgerschap in België

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  • Yves Dejaeghere
  • Marc Hooghe orcid logo

Abstract

Various authors have claimed that postmodern concepts of citizenship have become more important in contemporary Western societies. The new generation of citizens are said to be more critical toward the political system, less likely to participate in conventional politics, but they remain strongly interested in politics and social life (Norris, lnglehart, Dalton). Michael Schudson developed the concept of a 'monitorial citizen', who is interested in polities, with high levels of political efficacy and who turns to pol itical action if needed, but does not participate in traditional political organizations. Based on the European Social Survey (2004) we investigate whether this type of citizenship actually occurs in Belgium, and found that approx. 9 per cent of all respondents can be labeled as 'monitori al citizens'. In accordance with the theoretical expectations, most of them are young and highly-educated citizens. A multivariate analysis shows that, controlling for education, 'monitorial citizens' also score relatively high on political trust.

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Dejaeghere, Y. & Hooghe, M., (2006) “Op zoek naar de 'monitorial citizen' : Een empirisch onderzoek naar de prevalentie van postmodern burgerschap in België”, Res Publica 48(4), p.393-420.

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30 Dec 2006
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