Social capital and political support: a reassessment of the Putnam thesis in East and West Germany

Ross Campbell

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Abstract

A sizeable scholarly literature has generally uncovered weak, statistically trivial connections between social capital and political support, in spite of its logical appeal. Much of this research, however, has adopted an overly restrictive research design. It has overwhelmingly focused on the impact of social trust on political trust, from which broad inferences about the utility of the social capital perspective have been made. Rarely, however, has the impact of social capital been systematically assessed on indicators of political support which are more diffuse in character.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)568-590
Number of pages23
JournalGerman Politics
Volume20
Issue number4
Early online date2 Nov 2011
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011

Fingerprint

political support
German Democratic Republic (GDR)
social capital
Federal Republic of Germany
research planning
appeal

Keywords

  • Germany
  • social capital
  • Putnam thesis

Cite this

@article{4c4f17240b7044b38591d8340b41a038,
title = "Social capital and political support: a reassessment of the Putnam thesis in East and West Germany",
abstract = "A sizeable scholarly literature has generally uncovered weak, statistically trivial connections between social capital and political support, in spite of its logical appeal. Much of this research, however, has adopted an overly restrictive research design. It has overwhelmingly focused on the impact of social trust on political trust, from which broad inferences about the utility of the social capital perspective have been made. Rarely, however, has the impact of social capital been systematically assessed on indicators of political support which are more diffuse in character.",
keywords = "Germany, social capital, Putnam thesis",
author = "Ross Campbell",
year = "2011",
doi = "10.1080/09644008.2011.606318",
language = "English",
volume = "20",
pages = "568--590",
journal = "German Politics",
issn = "0964-4008",
publisher = "Taylor & Francis Group",
number = "4",

}

Social capital and political support: a reassessment of the Putnam thesis in East and West Germany. / Campbell, Ross.

In: German Politics, Vol. 20, No. 4, 2011, p. 568-590.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

TY - JOUR

T1 - Social capital and political support: a reassessment of the Putnam thesis in East and West Germany

AU - Campbell, Ross

PY - 2011

Y1 - 2011

N2 - A sizeable scholarly literature has generally uncovered weak, statistically trivial connections between social capital and political support, in spite of its logical appeal. Much of this research, however, has adopted an overly restrictive research design. It has overwhelmingly focused on the impact of social trust on political trust, from which broad inferences about the utility of the social capital perspective have been made. Rarely, however, has the impact of social capital been systematically assessed on indicators of political support which are more diffuse in character.

AB - A sizeable scholarly literature has generally uncovered weak, statistically trivial connections between social capital and political support, in spite of its logical appeal. Much of this research, however, has adopted an overly restrictive research design. It has overwhelmingly focused on the impact of social trust on political trust, from which broad inferences about the utility of the social capital perspective have been made. Rarely, however, has the impact of social capital been systematically assessed on indicators of political support which are more diffuse in character.

KW - Germany

KW - social capital

KW - Putnam thesis

U2 - 10.1080/09644008.2011.606318

DO - 10.1080/09644008.2011.606318

M3 - Article

VL - 20

SP - 568

EP - 590

JO - German Politics

JF - German Politics

SN - 0964-4008

IS - 4

ER -