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Democracies in FluxThe Evolution of Social Capital in Contemporary Society$
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Robert D. Putnam

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780195150896

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2004

DOI: 10.1093/0195150899.001.0001

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(p.393) Conclusion
Democracies in Flux

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This chapter begins with a synthesis on the papers presented in this volume. It highlights commonalities between countries and the differences in theoretical perspectives. It then discusses trends in social capital in advanced democracies: declining electoral turnout, declining public engagement in political parties, declining union membership, and declining church attendance.

Keywords:   social capital, democracy, electoral turnout, political parties, union membership, church attendance

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