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Conceptualization of Political Corruption, Perceptions of Corruption, and Political Participation in Democracies

Doron Navot, Itai Beeri


This study empirically examines relationships between conceptions of political corruption, perceived levels of corruption, and political participation among members of the public. Based on a field study of 298 Israelis, we show that the effects of perceived levels of corruption on participation are significantly influenced by how citizens conceptualize corruption. The public's conceptions of corruption influence whether and how they will participate. The findings provide strong evidence that while the perceived extent of political corruption is a powerful determinant of participation, the public's conception of corruption must not be overlooked. Rather, both factors should be considered as important indicators of participation.


political corruption, conception of corruption, perceptions of corruption, political participation, public opinion


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