Social Capital and European Democracy

1st Edition

Marco Maraffi, Kenneth Newton, Jan Van Deth, Paul Whiteley

Published June 10, 1999
Reference - 288 Pages
ISBN 9780415186308 - CAT# RU18041
Series: Routledge/ECPR Studies in European Political Science


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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.

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