chapter  7
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Demographic Variables and Political Protest 1

ByKarl-Dieter Opp, Peter Hartmann, Petra Hartmann

This chapter examines the relationships between the demographic variables and the rational choice variables. It analyzes the relationship between each of these variables. Then a joint consideration of them, as subsumed under the theoretical concept of “availability,” is reported. The relationship of age with political participation has been investigated quite often. The protest variables were transformed such that 0 stands for the complete absence of both protest behavior and intention and 100 stands for the maximum amount of protest theoretically possible. These numbers thus can be interpreted as mean percentages of the theoretically possible protest across certain age categories. Since the censoring of our data and the inclusion of intention into our dependent variable permit an estimation of low age increase in protest, let us follow Muller in ignoring the process of protest growth.