Global societal change 2
|Convenor||Mr Ferruccio Biolcati Rinaldi (University of Milan )|
|Coordinator 1||Mr Cristiano Vezzoni (University of Trento)|
The study of political participation is a dangerous exercise: definitions are contested, behaviours change in advance of measurement practices and survey questions are particularly susceptible to social desirability bias. Added to these ongoing issues is the ‘problem’ of e-participation. Early studies on politics and the internet delineated online and offline participation, internet diffusion, social media and advances in interactivity present new problems. This paper provides examples from the measurement of participation in Australia: advantages and disadvantages of longitudinal and comparative measures, recent attempts at navigating the flows between offline and online activity, and minimising endogeneity in statistical analyses.
This work investigates medium-term trends of women political involvement and discusses methods for estimating these trends. From a database with 40000000 individual microdata, we study the gap between women and men in political knowledge and their interest in politics. Focusing on nonresponse, the purpose is to provide a longitudinal analysis for age cohorts of the evolution, differentiated by gender, of the most significant political literacy indicators, knowing quantitatively and qualitatively the relationship between women and politics in Spain. These are some key variables for comprehend opinion surveys and election polls, which are in the heart of modern democracy.
This paper explores the impact of globalization on radical right voting in a comparative perspective using teh KOF index and CSES data. The results indicate that economic insecurities induced by globalization are one explanation of radical right voting, but that it does not have an impact when governments compensate for its negative effects. In addition, the cultural, and also political, consequences of globalization are an important driver of radical-right support.
This study explores how technically intensive global risks affect public perceptions of science and technology (S&T) across and within countries. Grounded in Ulrich Beck’s notion of risk society, the aggregate-level (i.e., cross-country) analysis of this study examines if general publics of countries with greater vulnerability to climate change, nuclear accidents, or cyber threats exhibit more “reflexive” attitudes towards modern S&T. At the individual-level (i.e., within-country) analysis, we utilize the public understanding of science (PUS) framework to investigate whether lay perceptions of S&T are more divergent for technically complex global issues.