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Conclusion

Robert D. Putnam

in Democracies in Flux

Published in print August 2002 | ISBN: 9780195150896
Published online April 2004 | e-ISBN: 9780199834938 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195150899.003.0011
 Conclusion

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This chapter begins with a synthesis on the papers presented in this volume. It highlights commonalities between countries and the differences in theoretical perspectives. It then discusses trends in social capital in advanced democracies: declining electoral turnout, declining public engagement in political parties, declining union membership, and declining church attendance.

Keywords: social capital; democracy; electoral turnout; political parties; union membership; church attendance

Chapter.  8634 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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