Volunteering, Democracy, and Democratic Attitudes

  • Loek Halman
Part of the Nonprofit and Civil Society Studies book series (NCSS)


In this chapter, we investigate the relationships between active participation in voluntary organizations and democratic attitudes in contemporary Europe. Much has been said about the motives which lead people to take part in voluntary activities, but less attention is given to the consequences of engagement in voluntary organizations for democracy. Most often, these consequences are taken for granted or regarded as obvious and self-evident. “Democratic viability or longevity requires that there is a system of organizations that are independent of governments” (Lane & Ersson, 1996: 187).


Social Capital Civil Society Voluntary Activity Religious Service Civil Liberty 
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