Relationships among the civic awareness, mobilization, and electoral participation of elderly people in Hong Kong

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)307-313
Journal / PublicationSocial Science Journal
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2001


Given the significance of the elderly population in the burgeoning democratic politics of Hong Kong, research is necessary to elucidate the basis for elderly people's electoral participation. Furthermore, questions regarding impacts of mobilization, and civic awareness on the participation are of important concern. In response to the questions, the present study is the first one surveying a representative sample of 831 Chinese elderly people (aged > 60) in Hong Kong. Using causal modeling techniques, it identified latent variables of civic awareness (including exposure to media on public affairs and political knowledge), electoral participation, and mobilization by politicians and estimated their relationships. Results showed that civic awareness had a strong effect on electoral participation and mobilization also had some significant effect. Electoral participation also appeared to be a function of the elderly person's education, age, sex, community attachment, and membership in an elderly center. These findings suggest that Hong Kong elderly people's electoral participation is subject to influence of power, both internally through civic awareness and education and externally through mobilization. © 2001 Elsevier Science Inc.