The missing link: Exploring the relationship between higher education and political engagement

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Empirical political behavior research has consistently observed a robust and positive relationship between education and political engagement, but has failed to adequately explain why education is so important. Using data from the Baccalaureate and Beyond (B&B) Longitudinal Study, I test three competing hypotheses explaining the enduring link between higher education and political behavior. I find that a verbal SAT scores and a social science curriculum are related to future political engagement, suggesting that the content of higher education, especially a curriculum that develops language and civic skills, is influential in shaping participation in American democracy. © 2005 Springer Science+Business Media, Inc.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Hillygus, DS

Published Date

  • March 1, 2005

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 27 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 25 - 47

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0190-9320

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/s11109-005-3075-8

Citation Source

  • Scopus