Policy Motivation and Party Activism: Evidence from Three Asian Democracies

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Abstract

Recent empirical studies on party politics have revealed that there is attitudinal and behavioral diversity among these political actors. That is, citizens are engaged in party activities with different motives. A scantily investigated area in this scholarship is the consequences of activist motivations. Specifically, it remains unclear whether policy-motivated activists participate in party more intensively and more influential in the decision making of the party than their peers who rather seek business connections or a political career. This study addresses this question by using a unique party activist survey data collected during recent national election campaigns in three third-wave democracies in East Asia: Taiwan (2016), South Korea (2012), and Mongolia (2012 and 2016). This study demonstrates that the correlation between activists’ motivation and their level of party participation varies across parties and party systems, and discusses party-level and system-level explanations.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusSubmitted - Jan 15 2019

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Keywords

  • party activists, Asian democracies, motivations, party organizations, incentives

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