Internal Political Efficacy

Internal political efficacy: “Beliefs about one’s own competence to understand, and to participate effectively in, politics” (Niemi et al, 1991: 1407), thereby indicating a subjective conception of the role of respondents in particular within the political system. People with high level of internal efficacy feel that they are capable of participating in politics in meaningful ways as they understand political processes and are able to form opinions and make decisions on political issues.