Social Capital, Ethnicity and Support for Democracy in the Post-Communist States

@article{Dowley2002SocialCE,
  title={Social Capital, Ethnicity and Support for Democracy in the Post-Communist States},
  author={Kathleen M. Dowley and Brian D. Silver},
  journal={Europe-Asia Studies},
  year={2002},
  volume={54},
  pages={505 - 527}
}
FEW THEORETICAL CONCEPTS have received more attention among social scientists in the past half dozen years than that of 'social capital', particularly among students of countries undergoing democratisation (or, in some cases, redemocratisation). Putnam notes that social capital 'refers to features of social organisation such as trust, norms and networks, that can improve the efficiency of society by facilitating coordinated action' (Putnam, 1993, p. 167). Thus communities with higher levels of… Expand
Positive and negative social capital and the uneven development of civil society in Southeastern Europe
This article surveys alternative conceptions of social capital and presents empirical findings from research conducted in Bulgaria, Macedonia, Serbia – Montenegro and Romania. A conceptualExpand
Membership in voluntary organizations and democratic performance: European post-Communist countries in comparative perspective
Abstract The article challenges the hypothesis that there is cohabitation of civic engagement and democratic institutions and practices. While valid at a general level, the relationship is notExpand
Urban Narratives on the Changing Nature of Social Capital in Post-Communist Romania
Abstract Drawing on 69 interviews and information from the World Values Surveys, we examine discursive understandings of social capital in Romania. We evidence two dominant explanatory metanarrativesExpand
Social capital – a topsoil for democracy
Political theorists are familiar with the proposition that social capital in the form of trust, membership in voluntary organizations, and community engagement, is conducive to democracy.Expand
Generating social capital for bridging ethnic divisions in the Balkans: Case studies of two Bosniak cities
Abstract One of the major goals of the international community's intervention into the Balkans is the rebuilding of “viable multiethnic societies”. Such societies require support from a populationExpand
Generating social capital for bridging ethnic divisions in the Balkans: Case studies of two Bosniak cities
Abstract One of the major goals of the international community's intervention into the Balkans is the rebuilding of “viable multiethnic societies”. Such societies require support from a populationExpand
Comparing Two Asian Perspectives: Nurturing Social Capital in Uzbekistan and Japan
This chapter attempts to put knowledge about Uzbekistan into international perspective by offering a comparison of two Asian countries and their grassroots organizations. This chapter’s main argumentExpand
Theory of Social Capital, Democracy and Democratization
This chapter maps the theoretical terrain of social capital theory by examining its assumptions and the ways through which it influences democracy and democratization. In so doing, the chapterExpand
The dynamics of social capital in Croatia, 1995 - 2003
The concept of social capital has gained wide acceptance and use in social sciences, particularly in sociology, political science and institutional economics. Its popularity should be primarilyExpand
How Ethnic and Linguistic Heterogeneity Influence the Prospects for Civil Society: A Comparative Study of Citizenship Behavior
While the positive consequences of social capital and civil society are widely accepted and appreciated, the question of how they originate and can be sustained has received relatively littleExpand
...
1
2
3
4
5
...

References

SHOWING 1-10 OF 26 REFERENCES
THREE. Confidence in Public Institutions: Faith, Culture, or Performance?
Is there a widespread loss of faith in the core institutions of representative democracy? Based on a comparison of 17 trilateral democracies this study examines institutional confidence from theExpand
Confidence in political institutions: faith, culture, or performance?
Is there a widespread loss of faith in the core institutions of representative democracy? Based on a comparison of 17 trilateral democracies this study examines institutional confidence from theExpand
Disaffected Democracies: What's Troubling the Trilateral Countries?
It is a notable irony that as democracy replaces other forms of governing throughout the world, citizens of the most established and prosperous democracies (the United States and Canada, WesternExpand
Postcommunist Subversion: Social Science and Democratization in East Europe and Eurasia
At first glance, the postcommunist world appears to offer succor to contemporary social scientists. All of our theories of democracy and democratization seem to work. In comparing divergence inExpand
Making Democracy Work: Civic Traditions in Modern Italy
Why do some democratic governments succeed and others fail? In a book that has received attention from policymakers and civic activists in America and around the world, Robert Putnam and hisExpand
Critical citizens : global support for democratic government
Foreword by Joseph Nye, Jr. 1. Introduction: The Growth of Critical Citizens SECTION ONE: CROSS-NATIONAL TRENDS IN CONFIDENCE IN GOVERNANCE 2. Mapping Political Support in the 1990s: A GlobalExpand
Making Democracy Work: Civic Traditions in Modern Italy.
Harvard political scientist Robert Putnam is well known for his contention, first presented in an article entitled “Bowling Alone,” that civic engagement in contemporary America is in decline. TheExpand
Peoples and states after 1989: the political costs of incomplete national revolutions.
TLDR
Developments in the postcommunist states since 1989 appear to be in accord with both of these concepts: the replacement of totalitarianism by democracy and the incorporation of these democracies in the western alliance conform to both expectations, yet developments in the following states also highlight the importance of a missing third element in the liberal equation. Expand
Measuring Political Culture in Multiethnic Societies
Comparative studies of mass political culture based on surveys, such as the World Values Survey (WVS), typically leap to using aggregate-level statistics for the entire population. No previousExpand
Soviet Citizen Participation on the Eve of Democratization
We reassess the debate over Soviet citizen politics in the USSR during the Brezhnev era. We argue the need for a more complex model of citizen participation in the USSR before Gorbachev if we are toExpand
...
1
2
3
...