Changing patterns of civil society in Europe and America 1995-2005: Is eastern Europe different?

Caire Wallace, Florian Pichler, Christian Haerpfer

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Abstract

This article looks at developments in Eastern European civil society (as measured by the participation in organisations) and how this has changed between 1995 and 2005 using the World Values Survey. There are comparisons with Western Europe on the one hand and the United States on the other, which show that although civic participation of this kind has declined in the United States, it remains stable in Europe, including at a low level in Eastern Europe. Surprisingly, there seemed to be little differences between countries that had joined the European Union and those that had not. The article considers reasons for this continued weakness of civil society in Eastern Europe.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3-19
Number of pages17
JournalEast European Politics and Societies
Volume26
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2012
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Civil society
  • Comparative values
  • Eastern Europe
  • Social capital
  • Social change

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science

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