Association and Community



Citizen’s willingness to invest time and resources in causes other than their own is arguably a central requisite of liberal democracies (Lipset 1996). Even non-political associations seem to have unintended but important consequences for citizens’ partaking in public affairs (Kwak et al. 2004). Volunteering is good for others and is good for you (Frey 2008: 79–86). This is not to say that all associational activity enhances the common good (Theiss-Morse and Hibbing 2005) or that there is a one-way causality between high levels of associational activity and effective political and economic institutions (Rothstein and Stolle 2003). Yet, there is enough evidence about benevolent effects of associational involvement to warrant further investigation into the scope and the structure of civic engagement.


Civil Society Civic Engagement Civil Society Organisation European Social Survey European Identity 
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  1. 1.Humanities DepartmentUniversity of Education at Schwäbisch GmündGmündGermany
  2. 2.WZB, Social Science Research Center BerlinBerlinGermany
  3. 3.School of Humanities and Social ScienceJacobs UniversityBremenGermany

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