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… 

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