Multiple Discussion Networks and Their Consequence for Political Participation

Ikeda, K., & Boase, J.
Communication Research, 38 (5), (S. 660–683).

Social capital studies have provided some evidence that discussion networks increase political participation. However, a counterargument is that discussion with heterogeneous networks may instead decrease political participation. We examine the empirical validity of this claim using multiple discussion network data collected through the 2003 Japanese General Social Survey. We find that talking about politics positively affects political participation, irrespective of whether politics is the main subject of conversation or merely a by-product of conversation about other topics. Further, our results do not support the somewhat controversial claim that interacting with others holding opposing political views decreases political participation. To the contrary, we find a positive link between political heterogeneity and political participation in a variety of discussion networks.

Zitation (APA)

Ikeda, K., & Boase, J. (2011). Multiple Discussion Networks and Their Consequence for Political Participation. Communication Research, 38(5), 660–683.