Beyond Tocqueville: Civil Society and the Social Capital Debate in Comparative Perspective / Edition 1

Beyond Tocqueville: Civil Society and the Social Capital Debate in Comparative Perspective / Edition 1

by Bob Edwards
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1584651253

ISBN-13: 9781584651253

Pub. Date: 05/01/2001

Publisher: Tufts University Press

Recent discussion about the role of civil society in democratic governance around the world and the decline of social capital in the US has raised pressing theoretical and empirical questions about the character of contemporary societies and the social and institutional correlates of sound and dynamic democracies. This debate has reached a North American and

Overview

Recent discussion about the role of civil society in democratic governance around the world and the decline of social capital in the US has raised pressing theoretical and empirical questions about the character of contemporary societies and the social and institutional correlates of sound and dynamic democracies. This debate has reached a North American and European audience that extends well beyond academia.

The predominant refrain in the debate, following Alexis de Tocqueville's 160-year-old analysis of democracy in America, attaches tremendous importance to the role of voluntary associations in contemporary democracies. Participation in such groups is said to produce social capital, often linked to high levels of social trust. Social capital in turn is conceived as a crucial national resource for promoting collective action for the common good.

Beyond Tocqueville presents 21 varied essays on how civic engagement and political and economic cooperation are generated in contemporary societies, linking theoretical discourse with public policy and actual behaviors.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781584651253
Publisher:
Tufts University Press
Publication date:
05/01/2001
Series:
Civil Society: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.40(d)

Table of Contents

Contributors —
Cynthia Anderson, Sheri Berman, Jeffrey M. Berry, John A. Booth, Mario Diani, Carla Eastis, Bob Edwards, Michael W. Foley, Andrew Greeley, Charles Heying, Lane Kenworthy, William Maloney, Jeffrey A. McLellan, Debra Minkoff, Kenneth Newton, Kent E. Portney, Patricia Bayer Richard, Thomas R. Rochon, Richard Rose, Michael Schulman, Graham Smith, Jackie Smith, Gerry Stoker, Dietlind Stolle, Mark R. Warren, Keith Whittington, Richard L. Wood, Miranda Yates, James Youniss

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