To rationally explain political participation, two factors must be taken into account:
Ceteris paribus, the higher a), the lower is participation and the higher b), the higher is participation. A combination of these factors gives the following tendencies.
the opportunity costs of the time expended, and
the productivity of time use in performing political activities.
KeywordsHigh Income Opportunity Cost Public Finance Political Activity Political Participation
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