Quotation Schröder, Joris Melchior, Neumayr, Michaela. 2021. How socio-economic inequality affects individuals’ civic engagement: a systematic literature review of empirical findings and theoretical explanations. Socio-Economic Review.


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Rising socio-economic inequality in many countries raises the question of how it affects individuals’ civic engagement in the forms of charitable giving, volunteering and non-profit membership. Though a growing body of multidisciplinary literature has started to address this issue, empirical results vary considerably and explanations about what underlies this relationship remain fragmentary. We thus conduct a systematic literature review to (a) provide a synopsis of empirical findings and (b) identify theoretical explanations and presumed mediating mechanisms underlying this relationship. Reviewing 70 studies, we find that higher inequality is most often negatively related to civic engagement, and that this relation is moderated by individual factors, for example, income and education. Furthermore, we map the proposed theoretical explanations into five key approaches. For each of these, we trace and identify the underlying mechanisms at both the societal and the individual level, and provide a conceptual framework that facilitates their empirical analysis in future.

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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Socio-Economic Review
Citation Index SSCI
WU-Journal-Rating new FIN-A, MAN-A, STRAT-B, VW-B, WH-B
Language English
Title How socio-economic inequality affects individuals’ civic engagement: a systematic literature review of empirical findings and theoretical explanations
Year 2021
Reviewed? Y
URL https://academic.oup.com/ser/advance-article/doi/10.1093/ser/mwab058/6482042
DOI https://doi.org/10.1093/ser/mwab058
Open Access Y
Open Access Link https://academic.oup.com/ser/advance-article/doi/10.1093/ser/mwab058/6482042

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Neumayr, Michaela (Details)
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Schröder, Joris Melchior (VU Amsterdam, Netherlands)
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Institute for Nonprofit Management IN (Details)
Research areas (ÖSTAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
5300 Economics (Details)
5363 Non-profit-sector research (NPO, NPI) (Details)
5911 Social policy (Details)
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