THE MISSING LINK: Exploring the Relationship Between Higher Education and Political Engagement'

  title={THE MISSING LINK: Exploring the Relationship Between Higher Education and Political Engagement'},
  author={D. Sunshine Hillygus},
  journal={Political Behavior},
  • D. Hillygus
  • Published 1 March 2005
  • Sociology
  • Political Behavior
Empirical political behavior research has consistently observed a robust and positive relationship between education and political engagement, but has failed to adequately explain why education is so important. Using data from the Baccalaureate and Beyond (B&B) Longitudinal Study, I test three competing hypotheses explaining the enduring link between higher education and political behavior. I find that a verbal SAT scores and a social science curriculum are related to future political… 

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