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Political involvement and social capital in Europe

Politische Beteiligung und Sozialkapital in Europa
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Deth, Jan W. van

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Corporate Editor Deutsche Gesellschaft für Soziologie (DGS)
Abstract "Levels of political involvement still are surprisingly different among European citizenries. Apparently, neither the establishment of democratic institutions nor the rise in competences among mass publics has lead to a convergence of the levels of political involvement. Only at a very general level, systemic differences can be noted between the settled democracies of North-western Europe and the newer democracies of Southern Europe. The analyses presented here examine several explanations of the cross-national differences in political involvement by developing multi-level models combining the impact of various factors at the individual and the macro level using the first wave of the European Social Survey (2002-2003) as the primary data source. The results show that of the social capital factors, only the support for norms and values contributes to the explanation of political involvement after the conventional antecedents at the individual level are taken into account. Neither social capital understood as an individual resource, nor social capital understood as a conditional effect at the macro level, appears to be very relevant for the explanation of differences in political involvement. Instead, the multi-level models tested here underline the relevance of conventional individual-level factors. Cross-national differences in political involvement are mainly due to differences in the distributions of these factors in the various countries." (author's abstract)
Keywords Europe; Northern Europe; Southern Europe; international comparison; participation; citizens' participation; analysis; determinants; standard; value; social capital; individual; comparison; citizen; participation
Classification Political Process, Elections, Political Sociology, Political Culture
Method documentation; empirical; quantitative empirical
Collection Title Die Natur der Gesellschaft: Verhandlungen des 33. Kongresses der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Soziologie in Kassel 2006. Teilbd. 1 u. 2
Editor Rehberg, Karl-Siegbert
Conference 33. Kongress "Die Natur der Gesellschaft". Kassel, 2006
Document language English
Publication Year 2008
Publisher Campus Verl.
City Frankfurt am Main
Page/Pages p. 5335-5346
ISBN 978-3-593-38440-5
Status Published Version; reviewed
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications