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

Yanlong Zhang, Hang Young Lee

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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).
Original 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
Number of pages23
ISBN (Electronic)9780203749425
ISBN (Print)9780415899611
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameRoutledge advances in sociology


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