Social Capital and European Democracy (Routledge/ECPR Studies in European Political Science)


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Summary The authors of this work examine the dominant view that voluntary activity promotes social capital and hence good government, but also explore alternative models for the creation of social capital. This book is an important step forward in this rapidly growing field of research and adds a unique European perspective to a debate which has been largely US-focussed. Share this Title. Recommend to Librarian.

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Shopping Cart Summary. Other chapters in Ageing Populations in Post-Industrial Democracies contradict frequent claims about the alleged policy sclerosis and reform- inability of aging democracies. For instance, Jennifer Sciubba shows that all three of the demographically oldest OECD societies, Italy, Germany, and Japan, have actually managed to implement policy reforms that directly hurt the interests of older voters in the past decade.

Moreover, there is simply no evidence that age differences are superseding class differences in explaining social policy attitudes.

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If anything, cohort differences are becoming less rather than more pronounced over time. Grey parties and young families. In a first-ever analysis of grey parties in altogether 31 democracies, Hanley finds in addition that the main obstacle to the emergence of grey-interest parties in Western Europe is the stability of established parties and party systems and their continued success in attracting older voters. But in Eastern Europe, the main obstacle is a weak civic infrastructure for older people and a changing but steady supply of catch-all populist protest parties. But in Eastern Europe successful pensioner parties emerge in the niche provided by less stable party systems.

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At the other side of the generational spectrum, high levels of intergenerational solidarity inside the family in caring for children also increase the demand of young families for the state to provide childcare — but only in those welfare states that are already highly active in providing public childcare. The chapter by Achim Goerres and Markus Tepe argues that young families are cognitively constrained in their expectations for policies that benefit their own age group.

In welfare states that do little to support families, individual involvement with the family does not impact on what these young citizens expect — perhaps because they have learned to expect little from the state. Goerres and Tepe conclude that generational policy models developed in the past can powerfully shape the generational policy expectations of voters in different age cohorts today.

Alarm bells for activating reforms — not alarmist diagnoses of gerontocracy.

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The demographic alarm bells currently tolling in many OECD countries indicate the need for urgent policy rethinks. And they appear to be imprisoning politicians in ever-tighter electoral and fiscal straitjackets. But they need not provide grounds for alarmism. No doubt some political actors, and some advanced democracies, are more resistant to such reforms than others.

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