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Measurement of social participation and its place in social capital theory

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dc.contributor.author Guillen, Laura
dc.contributor.author Coromina, Lluis
dc.contributor.author Saris, Willem E.
dc.date.accessioned 2017-03-29T10:38:25Z
dc.date.available 2017-03-29T10:38:25Z
dc.date.issued 2010
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10230/28319
dc.description.abstract The concept of social capital has become very popular but its definition and measurement are still rather unclear. We frame our study in one of its components, social participation. In this article we develop an optimal measure for social participation based on the questions asked in the first round of the European Social Survey. Our analyses suggest that a distinction has to be made between informal and formal participation because they relate very differently to other variables such as age, education, political action and happiness. We also found that these two types of participation had hardly any relationship with other important components of the social capital construct, such as social trust and political trust. The latter result does not devalue the validity of the developed indices for informal and formal participation but suggests that participation and trust should be considered formative indicators of social capital.
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language.iso eng
dc.relation.ispartofseries RECSM Working Paper Series;14
dc.rights This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International, which permits unrestricted use, distribution and reproduction in any medium provided that the original work is properlyattributed.
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
dc.title Measurement of social participation and its place in social capital theory
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/workingPaper
dc.subject.keyword Social participation
dc.subject.keyword European Social Survey
dc.subject.keyword Social capital
dc.subject.keyword Informal participation
dc.subject.keyword Formal participation
dc.subject.keyword Trust
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