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Citizenship and Involvement in European Democracies A Comparative Analysis

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    This unique study presents the results of a cross-national analysis of citizenship and participation among citizens in twelve European democracies.

    Research on the future and quality of contemporary democracy is usually restricted to focus either on political participation, on particular aspects of citizenship, or on social activities, exclusively. This new book offers the first empirical investigation of the relationships both between social and political involvement, and between ‘small-scale’ and ‘large-scale’ democracies.

    Citizenship and Involvement in European Democracies offers representative samples of the populations in a selection of European countries between 2000-2002, including: Denmark, Germany (East and West), Moldova, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland. The leading contributors provide new theoretical insights and offer a broad conceptualization of citizenship, stimulating the ongoing discussions about the problems and challenges of democratic political systems.

    This book has a companion volume entitled Social Capital and Associations in European Democracies edited by William A. Maloney and Sigrid Roßteutscher (Routledge, 2006).

    Both volumes will be of great interest to students and researchers of European politics, comparative politics and sociology.


    Chapter 1: Citizenship, Involvement, and Democracy in Europe

    Anders Westholm, José Ramón Montero, and Jan W. van Deth


    Chapter 2: Trust in People, Confidence in Political Institutions, and Satisfaction with Democracy

    Sonja Zmerli, Ken Newton, and José Ramón Montero

    Chapter 3: Political Confidence in Representative Democracies: Socio-Cultural vs. Political Explanations

    Bas Denters, Oscar Gabriel, and Mariano Torcal

    Chapter 4: Norms of Good Citizenship

    Bas Denters, Oscar Gabriel, and Mariano Torcal

    Chapter 5: Political and Social Tolerance

    José Manuel Leite Viegas


    Chapter 6: Associational Involvement

    Laura Morales and Peter Geurts

    Chapter 7: Explaining Associational Involvement

    Gabriel Badescu and Katja Neller

    Chapter 8: Social Networks

    Hajdeja Iglic and Joan Font Fábregas



    Chapter 9: Small-Scale Democracy: Citizen Power in the Domains of Everyday Life

    Jørgen Goul Andersen and Sigrid Roßteutscher

    Chapter 10: Small-Scale Democracy: The Determinants of Action

    Hanspeter Kriesi and Anders Westholm

    Chapter 11: Small-Scale Democracy: The Consequences of Action

    Anders Westholm and Emanuel von Erlach


    Chapter 12: Political Involvement

    Irene Martín and Jan W. van Deth

    Chapter 13: Political Participation: Mapping the Terrain

    Jan Teorell, Mariano Torcal, and José Ramón Montero

    Chapter 14: Political Participation and Associational Involvement

    Klaus Armingeon

    Chapter 15: Participation and Political Equality: An Assessment of Large-Scale Democracy

    Jan Teorell, Paul Sum, and Mette Tobiasen


    Chapter 16: The Realisation of Democratic Citizenship in Europe

    José Ramón Montero, Anders Westholm, and Jan W. van Deth



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