ECPR Joint Sessions
University of Nottingham, Nottingham
25 - 30 April 2017




Health and Political Engagement: The Impact of Experiences with Publicly-Provided Health Care

Electoral Behaviour
 
Policy Implementation
 
Political Participation
 
Presenter
Elisabeth Gidengil
McGill University
Authors
Elisabeth Gidengil
McGill University

Abstract
Drawing on the concept of policy feedback, this paper examines how people's experiences with the health care system affect their sense of political agency and their propensity to participate in political and civic life. The data are taken from a survey conducted in Canada's most diverse and populous province. The survey queried respondents about a variety of political and civic activities, as well as their health status and experiences when accessing care in public hospitals, medical clinics and doctors' offices. The sample included a large over-sample of low-income respondents.
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