1st Edition

Civil Society and Social Capital in Post-Communist Eastern Europe

Edited By Terry Cox Copyright 2014
    248 Pages
    by Routledge

    248 Pages
    by Routledge

    This book presents a selection of recent research on the general theme of civil society and social capital. In particular, it brings together in one volume a selection of articles that have helped to take the debate forward on the relation between social capital and democratisation and on the role and political strength or weakness of civil society in post-communist countries. The authors range in their approaches from detailed examinations of the extent and character of social capital in different societies in post-communist Eastern Europe, to studies of civil society in particular countries of the region and case studies of different civil society groups including environmental groups, local interest groups, pensioners’ groups, car drivers’ groups and trade unions. The newly written introduction provides a critical review of the wider body of literature on the theme, placing the selected articles in a broader context, and identifying ways forward for future research.

    This book is a compilation of articles published in Europe-Asia Studies.

    Terry Cox, ‘Transformation, Post-socialist Legacies and the Problem of Civil Society’. Newly written introductory article (10,000 words approx).

    Martin Aberg, 'Putnam's Social Capital Theory Goes East: A Case Study of Western Ukraine and L'viv', that we published  in volume 52, no.2, 2000, pp.295-317.

    Babken Babajanian, 'Social Capital and Community Participation in Post-Soviet Armenia: Implications for Policy and Practice', originally published in volume 60, no.8, 2008, pp.1299-1319.

    Kathleen Dowley and Brian Silver, 'Social Capital Ethnicity and Support for Democracy in Post-Communist States', originally published in volume 54, no.2, 2002, pp.505-527.

    Tsveta Petrova, 'Citizen Participation in Local Governance in Eastern Europe:Rediscovering a Strength of Civil Society in the Post-Socialist World', originally published in volume 63, no.5, 2011, pp.757-787.

    Anders Uhlin, 'The Structure and Culture of Post-Communist Civil Society in Latvia', originally published in volume 62, no.5, 2010, pp.829-852.

    Sean Hanley, 'The Development of Pensioners' Interest Organisations in Central and Eastern Europe: A Comparison of the Czech and Slovene Cases', originally published in vol.65, no.1, 2013, pp.45-74.

    Paul Kubicek, 'Civil Society, Trade Unions and Post-Soviet Democratisation: Evidence from Russia and Ukraine', originally published in volume 54, no.4, 2002, pp.603-624.

    Markku Lonkila, 'Driving at Democracy in Russia: Protest Activities of St Petersburg Car Drivers' Associations', originally published in volume 63, no.2, 2011, pp.1125-1149.

    Jo Crotty, 'Making a Difference? NGOs and Civil Society Development in Russia', originally published in volume 61, no.1, 2009. pp.85-108.


    Terry Cox is Professor of Central and East European Studies at the University of Glasgow, UK, and Editor of the journal Europe-Asia Studies. His recent research has focused on the politics and sociology of post-communist transformations in East Central Europe, including work on civil society and the politics of interest representation.