Crime victimization and political activism

Yale PhD student Gina Bateson has a new article out on crime victimization and political participation [gated], in which she finds that victims of crime are significantly more likely to engage in political activities ranging from community organizing to voting to protesting.  Remarkably, the effect is consistent across more than 70 countries, as determined using representative data from the Afrobatometer, Eurobatometer, Asian Barometer, and AmericasBarometer/Latin American Public Opinion Project surveys.  It’s also robust to controls for other likely correlates of political participation.  This is an interesting addition to the growing body of research on exposure to violence and political participation, which I previously discussed in this post about conflict and political activism in Uganda and Sierra Leone.