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Dutch Citizen Participation in Decision-Making: A Volunteer Perspective. Getting people involved

Woesthuis, R.M.S. (2011) Dutch Citizen Participation in Decision-Making: A Volunteer Perspective. Getting people involved.

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Abstract:This article sheds a light on what the individual motivations are to start participating in governmental decision-making. The study compares the motivations of both volunteer work and participating in the governmental decision-making process and also whether these are equal. A cross-sectional survey (N=113) was used to gather data. Results indicate that there are some comparisons between volunteer work and participation. The motivators’ values, enhancement and understanding make a unique contribution to both volunteering and participating. Next to that young-adults are more highly motivated by career motives to participate than older inhabitants. However the new proposed model is not fully supported by the data. Results are discussed in this article. Future research is needed to come up with other factors that predict behaviour towards participation and to examine which downsides are to be found when it comes to citizen participation.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:05 communication studies
Programme:Communication Studies MSc (60713)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/61293
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