Economic Hardship and Social Capital in Europe. A Comparative Analysis of 27 Democracies

Bundi, Pirmin; Freitag, Markus (2020). Economic Hardship and Social Capital in Europe. A Comparative Analysis of 27 Democracies. European Journal of Political Research, 59(2), pp. 290-311. Wiley 10.1111/1475-6765.12359

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This article evaluates whether economic hardship affects social capital in Europe. Comparing 27 European countries, it evaluates the impact of personal experiences of economic hardship on engagement in voluntary associations as a cornerstone of civic and democratic life. Empirical analyses of the Eurobarometer data indicate that individual economic hardship has indeed a negative effect on associational volunteering in Europe. However, the result is qualified in two respects. First, it is found that the effect of individual economic hardship is contingent upon education. Second, this effect mostly refers to volunteering for associations providing solidarity goods (Putnam groups). These results have broader implications for understanding how economic hardship shapes the social capital within democratic societies.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Social Sciences > Institute of Political Science

UniBE Contributor:

Bundi, Pirmin and Freitag, Markus

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 320 Political science

ISSN:

0304-4130

Publisher:

Wiley

Language:

English

Submitter:

Alina Zumbrunn

Date Deposited:

23 Apr 2020 09:40

Last Modified:

23 Apr 2020 09:47

Publisher DOI:

10.1111/1475-6765.12359

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.140101

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/140101

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