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Political Behavior

Political Attitudes And Orientations, Voting Behavior, Organized Political Action

Older people generally resemble young and middle-aged adults in their political attitudes, partisan attachments, and behavior. There are more differences within age groups than between them. When age group differences do appear, they may reflect common traits and interests developed through the life-course processes of aging; or they may originate in the historical circumstances affecting a particular birth cohort; or, they may arise from social trends and events that affect all people during specific historical periods. Disentangling these life-course, cohort, and period effects in order to explain age group differences is difficult. Sometimes, all three types of these phenomena may be at work.

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