Social scientists of a neo-Tocquevillean tradition have long held the view that voluntary associations are essential to the political and social vitality of democratic societies (Curtis, Baer and Grabb 2001). These associations perform crucial tasks of social integration and contribute collectively to the signiﬁ cant amounts of economic and political activities in advanced industrial nations (Knoke 1986). The norms and networks of civic engagement powerfully aff ect the quality of public life and the performance of democratic governance (Fung 2003; Knoke 1986; Putnam 2000).
|Title of host publication||Social capital and its institutional contingency|
|Subtitle of host publication||a study of the United States, China and Taiwan|
|Editors||Nan Lin, Yang-chih Fu, Chih-jou Jay Chen|
|Place of Publication||New York ; London|
|Publisher||Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group|
|Number of pages||23|
|Publication status||Published - 2014|
|Name||Routledge advances in sociology|
Zhang, Y., & Lee, H. Y. (2014). The Road to democracy: a three-society comparison of civic network structures. In N. Lin, Y. Fu, & C. J. Chen (Eds.), Social capital and its institutional contingency: a study of the United States, China and Taiwan (pp. 216-237). (Routledge advances in sociology; Vol. 108). New York ; London: Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group.