Political Interest, Participation and Affect in Representative Democracies
The present research project aims at the explanation of differences in the level of political interest of citizens in representative democracies. Political interest is defined here as a person's curiosity to learn more about political events. It is planned to develop a model of political interest that combines explanatory factors at the individual and the contextual level. Especially the effects of the politicisation of society by activities of the state shall be examined.