Why Do Some Young Australians Identify With a Political Party?

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Why Do Some Young Australians Identify With a Political Party?

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We saw in the previous section (Section 6) that political party identity is an important factor in explaining why some young people are committed to voting, and others are not. We also saw in Section 3.3 that there is considerable family inheritance in party identity when we examine each party individually. Of course family inheritance in party identity can be explained in many ways, for example by means of political party “cues” which young people pick up from their parents, or through the perceived link between the social status of the party and that of the family [Edwards, 2006 #220; Ventura, 2001 #231] . Although the body of research linking party identity and perceived parental identity has been documented, researchers agree that these identities can change, and are subject to other non-family influences [Beck, 1991 #244]. But the important question to be addressed is whether or not there are other factors which also explain the existence of party identity among young adults. In o

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We saw in the previous section (Section 6) that political party identity is an important factor in explaining why some young people are committed to voting, and others are not. We also saw in Section 3.3 that there is considerable family inheritance in party identity when we examine each party individually. Of course family inheritance in party identity can be explained in many ways, for example by means of political party “cues” which young people pick up from their parents, or through the perceived link between the social status of the party and that of the family [Edwards, 2006 #220; Ventura, 2001 #231]. Although the body of research linking party identity and perceived parental identity has been documented, researchers agree that these identities can change, and are subject to other non-family influences [Beck, 1991 #244]. But the important question to be addressed is whether or not there are other factors which also explain the existence of party identity among young adults. In ot

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