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Research Article

Political Participation and Its Correlates in Jamaica: An Empirical Viewpoint

Bourne PA1*, Pryce CS2, Davis AH3, Francis C4, Coleman OW5 and Solan I6

1Health and Social Demographer, Socio-Medical Research Institute, Jamaica, West Indies

2Northern Caribbean University, Mandeville, Jamaica

3Department of Psychiatry, Capella University, Minneapolis, MN 55402, USA

4Department of Psychiatry, University of Technology, Kingston, Jamaica

5Department of Psychiatry, Southern Connecticut Haven, CT 06515, USA

6Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, South Carolina State University, Orangeburg, SC 29115, USA

*Corresponding Author:
Bourne PA
Health and Social Demographer
Socio-Medical Research Institute, Jamaica
Tel: 1-876-566-3088
E-mail: [email protected]

Received Date: December 30, 2014; Accepted Date: June 23, 2017; Published Date: June 29, 2017

Citation: Bourne PA, Pryce CS, Davis AH, Francis C, Coleman OW, et al. (2017) Political Participation and Its Correlates in Jamaica: An Empirical Viewpoint. Social Crimonol 5: 163. doi: 10.4172/2375-4435.1000163

Copyright: © 2017 Bourne PA. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

 

Abstract

The inquiry of political science, in Jamaica, has been predominantly qualitative, with the exception of voting behavior. Among the many areas in this discipline to adapt the qualitative approach is political participation. This paper focuses on assessing political participation from a quantitative perspective. Firstly, we have constructed a political participation index using primary data, which was collected in May, 2007. Secondly, we have built an econometric model, aimed at predicting political participation in Jamaica. The model seeks to establish determinants of political participation, by selecting from the literature all factors identified and proposed as having some influence on political participation. An analysis of the model has identified several testable hypotheses about political participation. We found that there are seven factors that can be used to predict political participation. The model explains (adjusted R2) 18.8% of the variation in political participation, of which Age accounts for 11.5%, Confidence, 2.1%, Perception of Corruption, 1.6%; employment, 1.3%; parental education, 1.0%; Religiosity, 0.8%, and subjective psychological wellbeing, 0.5%. The present findings provide insights to the phenomenon, sets the platform for policy implementation and a comprehensive understanding of the framework for future empirical work.

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