Political Alienation

Political Alienation
Horton and Thompson 1962
 
Powerlessness:
1. People have different ideas of just how they fit into community affairs. Would you say that you are:
1.    A person who contributes to community decisions.
2.    A person who is active‚ but not one of the decision makers.
3.    Just an ordinary person in the community.*
4.    Not a part of the community at all.*
2. It doesn't matter which party wins the elections‚ the interests of the little man don't count. *Agree‚ Disagree‚ Don't know
Awareness of Power:
1. Corning-Glass and Ingersoll-Rand run the show in this area. *Agree‚ Disagree
2. The school board is just as much a special interest group as any other group in town. *Agree‚ Disagree
1. The University people run the show in Ithaca. *Agree‚ Disagree
2. The school board is just as much a special interest group as any other group in town. *Agree Disagree
*Powerless response
 

Thompson‚ W. E. and J. E. Horton (1960). "Political Alienation as a Force in Political Action." Social Forces 38(3): 190-195.

Horton‚ J . and Thompson‚ W. (1962). Powerlessness and political negativism: a study of defeated local referendums. American Journal of Sociology‚ 67 ( 5 ) ‚ 485-493.

Robinson‚ John P.‚ Shaver‚ Phillip R. (1969). Measures of Political Attitudes. Institute for Social Research‚ University of Michigan/. Ann Arbor‚ Michigan