English title: Civic Participation and Soft Social Capital: Evidence from Greece
Type: Journal article
The study analyses the stock and the change of social capital in Greece at the onset of the economic crisis and tests for the effect of soft social capital elements upon civic participation scores. Public servants are analysed separately as a potentially distinct group of citizens in terms of their civic engagement profile. At the empirical level, we identify social capital via the measurement of six main constructs namely social trust, social altruism, equality, tolerance, humanitarianism (soft social capital elements) and civic participation (hard social capital element). Data are drawn from the European Social Survey rounds 4 and 5. Results show that the country experienced a statistically significant decline in its social capital level during the 2008-2010 period while public servants hold higher (albeit also declining) levels of social capital. More importantly, soft social capital constructs do affect civic participation scores for the society as a whole but not for public servants.
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Journal: European Political Science