The Road to democracy: a three-society comparison of civic network structures

Yanlong Zhang, Hang Young Lee

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Abstract

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).
LanguageEnglish
Title of host publicationSocial capital and its institutional contingency
Subtitle of host publicationa study of the United States, China and Taiwan
EditorsNan Lin, Yang-chih Fu, Chih-jou Jay Chen
Place of PublicationNew York ; London
PublisherRoutledge, Taylor and Francis Group
Pages216-237
Number of pages23
ISBN (Electronic)9780203749425
ISBN (Print)9780415899611
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameRoutledge advances in sociology
PublisherRoutledge
Volume108

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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.
Zhang, Yanlong ; Lee, Hang Young. / The Road to democracy : a three-society comparison of civic network structures. Social capital and its institutional contingency: a study of the United States, China and Taiwan. editor / Nan Lin ; Yang-chih Fu ; Chih-jou Jay Chen. New York ; London : Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group, 2014. pp. 216-237 (Routledge advances in sociology).
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Zhang, Y & Lee, HY 2014, The Road to democracy: a three-society comparison of civic network structures. in N Lin, Y Fu & CJ Chen (eds), Social capital and its institutional contingency: a study of the United States, China and Taiwan. Routledge advances in sociology, vol. 108, Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group, New York ; London, pp. 216-237.

The Road to democracy : a three-society comparison of civic network structures. / Zhang, Yanlong; Lee, Hang Young.

Social capital and its institutional contingency: a study of the United States, China and Taiwan. ed. / Nan Lin; Yang-chih Fu; Chih-jou Jay Chen. New York ; London : Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group, 2014. p. 216-237 (Routledge advances in sociology; Vol. 108).

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Zhang Y, Lee HY. The Road to democracy: a three-society comparison of civic network structures. In Lin N, Fu Y, Chen CJ, editors, Social capital and its institutional contingency: a study of the United States, China and Taiwan. New York ; London: Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group. 2014. p. 216-237. (Routledge advances in sociology).