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Political consumerism: a meta-analysis

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boycott, civic engagement, lifestyle politics, meta-analysis, political consumerism, protest

Abstract (summary)

Political consumerism refers to the deliberate purchase or avoidance of products, goods, or services for political reasons. For decades, researchers have studied the micro-level predictors of political consumerism in many countries and across a variety of contexts. However, many questions remain. Do resource-based models of political participation or theories of lifestyle politics best explain why some people are more likely to engage in political consumerism? To answer this question, we conduct a meta-analysis of 66 studies with more than 1000 tests. We find more support for theories of lifestyle politics. Political consumerism is associated with political distrust, liberal ideology, and media use, as well as education, political interest, and organizational membership. The findings help us understand the subset of people who are using their purchasing power to express political opinions. They also help us identify gaps in existing research.

Publication Information

Copeland, L., & Boulianne, S. (2020). Political consumerism: A meta-analysis. International Political Science Review, Online First, 1-17. doi: 10.1177/0192512120905048


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