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Citizenship and Involvement in European Democracies: A by Jan W. Van Deth, José Ramón Montero, Anders Westholm

By Jan W. Van Deth, José Ramón Montero, Anders Westholm

This special learn offers the result of a cross-national research of citizenship and participation between voters in twelve eu democracies.

Research at the destiny and caliber of latest democracy is generally constrained to concentration both on political participation, on specific points of citizenship, or on social actions, completely. This new booklet bargains the 1st empirical research of the relationships either among social and political involvement, and among ‘small-scale’ and ‘large-scale’ democracies.

Citizenship and Involvement in eu Democracies bargains consultant samples of the populations in a range of eu nations among 2000-2002, together with: Denmark, Germany (East and West), Moldova, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland. The top individuals supply new theoretical insights and supply a wide conceptualization of citizenship, stimulating the continuing discussions in regards to the difficulties and demanding situations of democratic political systems.

This publication has a significant other quantity entitled Social Capital and institutions in eu Democracies edited through William A. Maloney and Sigrid Roßteutscher (Routledge, 2006).

Both volumes may be of serious curiosity to scholars and researchers of ecu politics, comparative politics and sociology.

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Current empirical knowledge about social trust is, to a large extent, based on a measure originally developed and employed by Elisabeth Noelle-Neumann for the purpose of describing the state of postwar German society in the wake of the traumatic experiences of the Nazi period. While Noelle-Neumann’s empirical initiative was certainly a laudable one, the measure she designed was, like most others developed in the early days of survey research, relatively crude: a single question with dichotomous response alternatives.

Once a better measure is substituted, the results are much more in line with theoretical expectations. Irrespective of whether the findings fall in the first or the second category, they certainly deserve to be taken into account by anyone interested in the concept of social capital and its implications for political life. The chapter that follows puts the spotlight on another central aspect of the general notion of trust. While Chapter 2 focuses on the horizontal aspect – the extent to which ordinary citizens trust one another – Chapter 3 singles out the vertical one – the extent to which they place confidence in government institutions and associated actors.

They are not alone however. With a public expenditure of 47 per cent, the Netherlands surpasses Sweden, while Portugal and Slovenia (40 per cent) are both slightly ahead of the other two Scandinavian countries. In only two countries does the figure fall below 30 per cent. These two certainly constitute an odd couple: a prime symbol of capitalism – Switzerland – together with a prime symbol of (past) communism – Russia. The latter is currently slightly ahead of the former in minimising public expenditure.

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