Social Capital and Governance: Old and New Members of the EU in Comparison

LIT Verlag Münster
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The intention of this book's contributions is to focus on some key aspects of social capital in the context of civic participation, governance and civil society at both national and EU levels. The role of new EU members is particularly stressed. The texts aim to demonstrate how social capital in the form of co-operative norms and actions facilitates the self-organisation of civil society and its internal ability to articulate policy relevant alternative proposals. The efficiency and responsiveness of governance at different - local, national, transnational - levels are also addressed. Besides theoretical reconsiderations, the book draws attention to the issue of the quality of data and greater methodological reflexivity.
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LIT Verlag Münster
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Published on
Dec 31, 2007
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Pages
290
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ISBN
9783825896584
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English
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Social Science / Sociology / General
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