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Vote has been for long time the type of political participation which has received most consideration, even when it is just one of the different resources individuals have to influence in political world. Current individual political repertoire leads to a reflection on the extension and limits of political participation. This text proposes a discussion about it concepts and types through a bibliographical review which analyses the definitions that have prevailed and forms that authors have identified in the last 60 years. Studies show a positive relationship between conventional political participation and protest potential, and a contingency of democratic and aggressive participation. Political protest as a compatible strategy with more conventional procedures present a complexity which stress the necessity of drawing lots of the difficulty of considering non conventional political participation as a relevant element in persons political repertoire. Current review allows to point out that even when conventional and non conventional distinction is still useful, political participation has to be seen also as a complex continual with a multiplicity of associated factors.
Palavras-chave : Political participation; Review; Definitions; Types.