A legacy of ‘uncivicness’? Social capital and radical right-wing populist voting in Eastern Europe

  title={A legacy of ‘uncivicness’? Social capital and radical right-wing populist voting in Eastern Europe},
  author={Jens Rydgren},
  journal={Acta Politica},
  • J. Rydgren
  • Published 28 March 2011
  • Sociology
  • Acta Politica
This article is focusing on radical right-wing populist voting in Eastern Europe, and shows that neither the mass society thesis nor the theory of social capital, in Putnam's tradition, has much explanatory value for explaining the support for radical right-wing populism. Individuals with low participation in civil society are shown not to be significantly more right-wing populist than others, so that participation in civil society organizations is not a shield against populism. That means… 
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