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The Anatomy of Civil Society / Social Capital Kenneth Newton November 2003.

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1 The Anatomy of Civil Society / Social Capital Kenneth Newton November 2003

2 How the presentation is structured  Concerns about modern society and Politics  Civil Society and Social Capital  ESS Indicators  Voluntary organizations  Summary measures

3 Civil Society and Social Capital Vibrant Civil Society/ Social Capital Weak Civil Society/ Social Capital Strong communities, participation, civic engagement. Weak communities, low participation, individual isolation Strong associations Weak associations Strong sense of public interest/ common good Weak sense of public interest/ common good. Helping / neighbourlinessCrime, corruption, conflict.

4 Continued….. Vibrant Civil Society/ Social Capital Weak Civil Society/ Social Capital Trust, mutuality, fraternity, co- operation Distrust, suspicion, alienation. Confidence in public institutions, trust in politicians Low confidence in public institutions, distrust of politicians/officials. Tax evasion. Satisfied, integrated population. Community belonging, integration Dissatisfaction, social and political malaise.

5 ESS Indicators of Civil Society and Social Capital AttitudesBehaviour General trust in others Fairness of society Helpfulness of others Life satisfaction Trust in parliament Trust in politicians. Satisfaction with government Satisfaction with democracy Participation in voluntary associations Giving Money to charity Meet socially Help others Party membership Discuss politics Vote

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9 Participation in Voluntary Organisations by Country and Type of Organisation AllSportTUCult. Rel.Cons- umer Hum- ian.Soc.OtherBus/ Prof/ Farm Envir/ Peace? Animal Sc/ Ed Pol. Sw3.150563019383322131014 10 Nor3.0444930213437271716 91110 Neths2.956232532 251215 3414 6 Ire2.6462428361216241320141311 Fin2.438492635 621141316 811 8 UK2.33617252133142111151713 4 Israel2.0281825112711191510 915 12 Czech1.727162314 715121610111210 Slove.1.524221413101518 810 3 7 5 Sp1.219 81711 5 7 6 6 5 Port0.814 5 6 2 8 6 12 2 3 4 4 Hung.0.710 7 9 9 3 3 8 4 5 2 5 2 Poland0.5 6 7 5 7 1 8 3 4 2 3 4 3 Greece0.4 5 6 6 2 1 2 4 2 6 2 4 4 Tot.1.7292220181615141110 7

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12 Summary of Civil Society/Social Capital Indicators: Attitudes TrustOthers Helpful Others Fair Life Satis. Trust Parl. Trust Pols. Sat. with Gov. Sat. with De m. NetherlandsV.Hi Hi V.Hi Hi SwedenV.Hi.V.Hi NorwayV.Hi Hi LoV.Hi FinlandV.Hi.V.Hi HiV.Hi Switzerland HiV.Hi Czech Lo V.Lo PolandV.Lo Hungary LoV.Lo Hi V.HiV.Lo SloveniaV.Lo LoV.Lo LoV.Lo LoV.Lo

13 Summary of Civil Society/Social Capital Indicators: Behaviour Part. In Orgstns. Meet Soclly. Help Others Party Memb. Give Money Discuss Pols. Vote NethsV.Hi HiV.Hi HiV.Hi HiV.Hi SwedenV.Hi. Hi V.Hi HiV.Hi Norway HiV.Hi HiV.Hi Finland Hi. Hi Lo Hi V.Hi Lo Switz.-- V.Hi V.Lo Czech LoV.Lo Lo V.Lo PolV.Lo LoV.Lo HunV.Lo LoV.Lo Hi Slov Lo V.Hi HiV.Lo Hi

14 The Anatomy of Civil Society and Social Capital Satisfaction with Democracy Satisfaction with National Government Trust in PoliticiansHelpfulFair Trust in parliament Satisfaction with life Social trust Meet Socially Social Activity 0.44 0.29 0.28 0.43 0.26 0.23 All correlation significant at 0.01 or more 0.11 -0.14 -0.11 0.07 -0.12 0.350.32 -0.27 0.13 0.09 0.13 0.09 -0.12 0.11 0.15 0.13


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