Political Socialization and Motivation

  • Carol Galais


This chapter addresses the nature and origin of Spanish MPs’ political motivations to enter politics in general and their party in particular, paying special attention to political socialization agencies and processes. Spanish representatives mostly refer to their will to serve the public as the reason to get involved in politics, which fits the “voter server” profile. Early activism in students’ organizations is a relevant source for this public vocation, but family is confirmed as a crucial socialization agency, especially for left-wing families. Family’s effect can be direct (exerted by MPs’ relatives or ancestors involved in politics) or indirect (conveyed by the discussion of political topics at home while MPs were growing up).


Socialization Motivation for politics Effects of political socialization 


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  • Carol Galais
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  1. 1.Universitat Oberta de CatalunyaBarcelonaSpain

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