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Comprehensive in conception and diverse in its research base, No Easy Choice brilliantly expands current theories of political participation and explores new directions in our understanding of the social, economic, and political forces which influence that participation in developing societies.
By combining data from surveys, case studies, and national, subnational, and group statistics from both industrialized and developing nations, the authors examine the dynamics of participation at the national, group, and individual levels. Among the topics discussed are: changes in the amount, forms, and bases of political participation as a result of socioeconomic modernization, the distribution of income and status, elite political strategies, and social mobility and group organization.