Introduction: Why this Book?

  • Wahideh Achbari
Part of the IMISCOE Research Series book series (IMIS)


The focus of this book is on the role voluntary organizations play in generating generalized trust , and in the enhancement and maintenance of a democratic political culture . Voluntary organizations are not only supposed to have an institutional impact by challenging governance structures, but they also arguably instill civic-mindedness in people who participate in activities. However, bonding associations where ethnic ties predominate are supposed to have a negative socialization effect on their participants. This is opposed to bridging voluntary organizations, where ethnic bonds are surpassed. This chapter discusses why interethnic contact in organizations should explain generalized trust . It embeds the research questions in previous work and elaborates the rationale of the research design .


Generalize Trust Voluntary Organization Voluntary Sector Social Success Negative Socialization Effect 
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  1. 1.Applied EconomicsFree University BrusselsBrusselsBelgium
  2. 2.Political ScienceUniversity of AmsterdamAmsterdamThe Netherlands

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