A Decline of Social Capital? The German Case

Claus Offe and Susanne Fuchs

in Democracies in Flux

Published in print August 2002 | ISBN: 9780195150896
Published online April 2004 | e-ISBN: 9780199834938 | DOI:
 A Decline of Social Capital? The German Case

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Germany has not experienced a decline in social capital. However, it is difficult to tell whether the strength of social capital lies in the individual properties of citizens, collective properties of a local sort, or on overall institutional properties of political and economic regimes. A clear shift from company-, party-, and church-sponsored associations to more autonomous leisure-time-related associations such as sports clubs is observed.

Keywords: Germany; social capital; associations

Chapter.  22176 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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