Generalized Trust Through Civic Engagement? Evidence From Five National Panel Studies | Erik van Ingen and René Bekkers

According to a popular version of social capital theory, civic engagement should produce generalized trust among citizens. We put this theory to the test by examining the causal connection between civic engagement and generalized trust using multiple methods and multiple (prospective) panel datasets. We found participants to be more trusting. This was mostly likely caused by selection effects: the causal effects of civic engagement on trust were very small or non-significant. In the cases where small causal effects were found, they turned out not to last. We found no differences across types of organizations and only minor variations across countries. Working paper Van Ingen, E. & Bekkers, R. (2012). Generalized Trust Through Civic Engagement? Evidence From Five National Panel Studies. Paper presented at the 41st Arnova Conference, Indianapolis, November 16, 2012. This paper is forthcoming in Political Psychology.   Click here to read and download the...

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Giving, volunteering and helping among migrants in the Netherlands | Arjen de Wit

Giving, volunteering and helping among migrants in the Netherlands | Arjen de Wit

On Friday June 21, the VU University and FORUM Institute for Multicultural Affairs hosted a conference on giving behavior by migrants. At this conference, Arjen de Wit presented his study: ‘Gving, volunteering and helping among migrants in the Netherlands’. This study explores the actual and potential contributions of migrants to civil society. To read a summary of the study, click...

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Philanthropy and the Philanthropy Sector: An introduction | Theo N.M. Schuyt

Philanthropy and the Philanthropy Sector: An introduction | Theo N.M. Schuyt

Offering an introduction to modern philanthropy with regard to the commitment and willingness of citizens, funds, churches and businesses to contribute voluntarily to society Philanthropy and the Philanthropy Sector: An Introduction attempts to map philanthropy and promote a better understanding of its characteristics and features. Intended for students, scientists, administrators, policymakers, politicians, fundraisers, philanthropists and philanthropic organizations this book adopts a social policy approach to look at philanthropy alongside other social arrangements and provide an invaluable introduction for all those interested in this fascinating social mechanism.   Visit www.ashgate.com/isbn/9781472412805 to order this title and to learn more about the...

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Trust and Volunteering: Selection or Causation? Evidence From a 4 Year Panel Study | René Bekkers

Trust and Volunteering: Selection or Causation? Evidence From a 4 Year Panel Study | René Bekkers

Participation in voluntary associations is often believed to make citizens more trusting of others. This paper reports longitudinal analyses of a time intensive form of participation—volunteering—and generalized social trust using data from three waves of the Giving in the Netherlands Panel Study spanning 4 years (2002–2006; n = 692) refuting this belief. Trust is relatively stable over a 4 year period (0.73). Changes in volunteering are not related to changes in trust. Trust is higher among volunteers mainly because of selective attrition: persons with low trust are more likely to quit volunteering.   Bekkers, R. (2012). ‘Trust and Volunteering: Selection or Causation? Evidence from a Four Year Panel Study’. Political Behavior. DOI: 10.1007/s11109-011-9165-x Click here to read and download the article....

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