The article aims at disentangling the existing relation between job precariousness and political participation at the individual level illustrating that the former can be considered an emerging political cleavage. The authors apply an interpretive framework typical of political participation studies to an original dataset composed of two groups of young workers (with precarious and open-ended contracts) in a big Italian post-industrial city, Turin. Firstly, by applying a confirmatory factor analysis, a typology of three ‘modes’ of political participation - voting, collective action and political consumerism- is used to reduce data complexity. Secondly, logistic regressions are deployed to analyze the role played by occupational status, political positioning and the interaction between the two on the different modes of political participation. Precarious youth show a higher level of political participation in representational behaviours (voting). Left-wing youth are generally more active than non-left-wing ones in non-representational behaviours (collective action and political consumerism), the impact of political positioning being more pronounced for precarious young people. Results demonstrate the relevance of occupational status in explaining patterns of participation and invite scholars to promote a dialogue between industrial relations and political participation studies.
|Titolo:||Precarity, Youth and Political Participation|
BASSOLI, MATTEO [Writing – Original Draft Preparation]
|Data di pubblicazione:||2018|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|