By Jan W. Van Deth, José Ramón Montero, Anders Westholm
This special examine offers the result of a cross-national research of citizenship and participation between electorate in twelve ecu democracies.
Research at the destiny and caliber of up to date democracy is mostly constrained to concentration both on political participation, on specific points of citizenship, or on social actions, completely. This new ebook bargains the 1st empirical research of the relationships either among social and political involvement, and among ‘small-scale’ and ‘large-scale’ democracies.
Citizenship and Involvement in eu Democracies deals consultant samples of the populations in a range of eu nations among 2000-2002, together with: Denmark, Germany (East and West), Moldova, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland. The top individuals supply new theoretical insights and provide a wide conceptualization of citizenship, stimulating the continuing discussions in regards to the difficulties and demanding situations of democratic political systems.
This publication has a spouse quantity entitled Social Capital and institutions in eu Democracies edited by means of William A. Maloney and Sigrid Roßteutscher (Routledge, 2006).
Both volumes can be of serious curiosity to scholars and researchers of eu politics, comparative politics and sociology.
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Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, and (from 2004) Slovenia belong to both organisations. Sweden has joined the EU only, while Norway and (from 2004) Romania are NATO but not EU members. 1). In the Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, and Dutch cases, the monarchy gradually surrendered its powers, and therefore survived. In Switzerland, this history could not repeat itself for the simple reason that the Swiss ‘Eidgenossenschaft’ had in effect ended its association with the Holy Roman Empire and become a federal republic already in 1499.
22 Westholm, Montero, and van Deth ofﬁcial languages mirrors a considerable amount of ethnic heterogeneity as well as ethnic tensions, with the Chechenian and Basque cases being the most visible examples. Moldova and Switzerland, both with four ofﬁcial languages, also represent instances of extensive ethnic diversity. While Moldovan (which language experts ﬁnd difﬁcult to distinguish from Romanian) is the main language in Moldova, and Alemannisch (the Swiss form of German, also known as Schwyzerdütsch) the main language in Switzerland, both countries have sizable minorities with other mother tongues (Gagauz, Russian, and Ukrainian in Moldova; French and Italian in Switzerland).
All other countries in our sample have a long history as independent, albeit – in the German case – not always uniﬁed countries. The Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation was never a particularly coherent entity, and had already weakened considerably (following the 30-year war of 1618–1648) before it was dissolved by Napoleon in 1806. As we already know, Germany has subsequently been uniﬁed twice and divided once. 1). Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, and (from 2004) Slovenia belong to both organisations.
Citizenship and Involvement in European Democracies: A Comparative Analysis by Jan W. Van Deth, José Ramón Montero, Anders Westholm