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Families’ ValuesHow Parents, Siblings, and Children Affect Political Attitudes$
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R. Urbatsch

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199373604

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199373604.001.0001

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The Ideological Pull of Siblings

The Ideological Pull of Siblings

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(p.43) Chapter 3 The Ideological Pull of Siblings
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Families’ Values
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R. Urbatsch

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199373604.003.0003

People tend to look up to their elder siblings, who provide lessons both stated and unstated about how to deal with the world as well as connections to social networks that might otherwise be ignored or unavailable. These lessons and connections can shape political consciousness too. This is particularly likely through the influence of gender. As women tend to lean further left in ideology and are more Democratic in partisanship than men, sisters might convey more left-leaning and Democratic thoughts to their younger siblings. Using the quasi-experimental influence of the next-older sibling, this chapter finds exactly this influence in both general political beliefs and specific attitudes toward the ideal balance between markets and states in determining outcomes.

Keywords:   ideology, partisanship, sisters, brothers, markets

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