Laundromat politics : Why don't poor people participate in politics?

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Title: Laundromat politics : Why don't poor people participate in politics?
Author: Smiddie, Kyle Edward Amoriya
Department: Haverford College. Dept. of Political Science
Type: Thesis (B.A.)
Running Time: 287374 bytes196987 bytes
Issue Date: 2004
Abstract: It has been well documented that lower income people participate much less than upper income people. My thesis examines the question of why poor people participate in politics at such low levels, if at all. For my thesis, political participation refers to voting, volunteering or contributing money to campaigns, contacting politicians, or attending political meetings. This question of why the poor do not participate in politics is important because political participants are not impartial and as long as the poor do not contribute to the political agenda it is more likely that their needs will not be addressed.
Subject: Poor -- United States -- Political activity
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