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Social Capital and European Democracy : Routledge/ECPR Studies in European Political Science - Marco Maraffi

Social Capital and European Democracy

Routledge/ECPR Studies in European Political Science

By: Marco Maraffi (Editor), Kenneth Newton (Editor), Jan Van Deth (Editor), Paul Whiteley (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 10th June 1999
ISBN: 9780415186308
Number Of Pages: 270

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The authors of this work examine the dominant view that voluntary activity promotes social capital and hence good government, but also explore alternative models for the creation of social capital. Theoretical discussion is combined with detailed case studies to provide a new explanation of:
* the origins and nature of social capital
* its effects on political participation and policy-making
* the role of the voluntary sector
Contributors go on to examine the possibility that current changes in the voluntary sector may in fact undermine social capital and consider the consequences.
This book is an important step forward in this rapidly growing field of research and adds a unique European perspective to a debate which has been largely US-focussed.

Theoretical perspectives on social capital
Social capital and democracy in modern Europe
The origins of social capital
Collective action theory and the analysis of social capital
Voluntary activity, participation and social capital - case studies of different countries
Civic engagement and volunteering in the Netherlands: a Putnamian analysis
Contracting out of the participation function: social capital and checkbook participation
Voluntary associations and social capital in Finland
The transformation of the voluntary sector in Norway: a decline in social capital
Facets of social capital in new democracies: the formation and consequences of social capital in Spain
The myth of American exceptionalism: a three-nation comparison of associational membership and social capital
The political effects of social capital and moral behaviour in Anglo-American democracies
Social capital, active membership in voluntary associations and some aspects of political participation: an empirical case study
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ISBN: 9780415186308
ISBN-10: 0415186307
Series: Routledge/ECPR Studies in European Political Science
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 270
Published: 10th June 1999
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.6  x 1.75
Weight (kg): 0.58
Edition Number: 1