A Deeper Look at the Relationship between Political Knowledge and Political Participation: Evidence from Presidential and Legislative Elections in Taiwan

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Abstract

This study examines the effects of political knowledge on various types of political participation by focusing on five recent presidential and legislative elections in Taiwan. The empirical findings indicate that political knowledge has positive effects on some types of political participation but the effects of political knowledge on different types of political participation vary by the types of electoral systems and elections. Besides, although the interviewer's assessment of the respondent's level of information has been widely used as an effective indicator of political knowledge, this study shows that the interviewers tend to rate men and partisans as politically knowledgeable, which might lead to a biased estimate of political knowledge. Overall, this study provides insight into the relationship between political knowledge and political participation in Taiwan.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)397-419
Number of pages23
JournalAsian Journal of Political Science
Volume23
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Sep 2

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Political Science and International Relations

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