Employment and the Creation of an Active Citizenry

Research output: Contribution to journalReview articlepeer-review

50 Scopus citations


This study examines the link between employment and political participation, using US household survey data. It finds that being employed increases an individual's political activities by more than one-third, primarily through increased income, civic skills, political efficacy and recruitment at work. Union membership and skill-building tasks are strong positive predictors of political participation. In exploring issue-oriented activism, disability activism is found to be lower among employed people with disabilities, but higher among those who report job discrimination. The likely effects of declining unionization, changes in job structures and other workplace and employment trends on overall political participation are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)751-771
Number of pages21
JournalBritish Journal of Industrial Relations
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2003

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Business, Management and Accounting
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management
  • Management of Technology and Innovation


Dive into the research topics of 'Employment and the Creation of an Active Citizenry'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this