Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://dx.doi.org/10.23668/psycharchives.1191
Title: How internal political efficacy translates political knowledge into political participation: Evidence from Germany
Authors: Reichert, Frank
Issue Date: 31-May-2016
Publisher: PsychOpen
Abstract: This study presents evidence for the mediation effect of political knowledge through political self-efficacy (i.e. internal political efficacy) in the prediction of political participation. It employs an action theoretic approach—by and large grounded on the Theory of Planned Behaviour—and uses data from the German Longitudinal Election Study to examine whether political knowledge has distinct direct effects on voting, conventional, and/or unconventional political participation. It argues that political knowledge raises internal political efficacy and thereby indirectly increases the chance that a citizen will participate in politics. The results of mediated multiple regression analyses yield evidence that political knowledge indeed translates into internal political efficacy, thus it affects political participation of various kinds indirectly. However, internal political efficacy and intentions to participate politically yield simultaneous direct effects only on conventional political participation. Sequentially mediated effects appear for voting and conventional political participation, with political knowledge being mediated by internal political efficacy and subsequently also by behavioural intentions. The mediation patterns for unconventional political participation are less clear though. The discussion accounts for restrictions of this study and points to questions for answer by future research.
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12034/999
http://dx.doi.org/10.23668/psycharchives.1191
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