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Social Capital in Eastern Europe

Poland an Exception?

Lasinska, Katarzyna

2013, XVII, 238 p. 50 illus.

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Katarzyna Lasinska deals with the consequences of democratic transitions in Middle and Eastern Europe. By selecting specific sets of countries according to the main explanations such as Catholic tradition, transformation process and communist legacies, the author identifies key factors explaining particular findings in Poland. Thank to systematically used comparative research strategy the pitfalls of idiosyncratic argumentation are successfully avoided. Through inclusion of religious tradition as an explanative factor the results go beyond the commonly used East-West comparisons. The author presents a comprehensive picture of complex conditions and different processes for social capital building across Eastern European societies.



·     Conceptualisation of social capital in a broad sense: trust, social networks and norms and values

·     Comparative study of Eastern European societies

·     Analysis of social capital building in post-communist societies

·     Quantitative analysis of the impact of religious tradition on social capital building

·     Factors explaining specific findings concerning low stock of social capital in Poland are identified



Target groups

·        Scholars and students in the political sciences, political sociology, sociology of religion, comparative politics

·        International and national NGOs, civil society players, Policy-makers, social networks activists, journalists and political analysts




Katarzyna Lasinska is a lecturer at the Chair for Political Science and International Comparative Social Research, University of Mannheim.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Osteuropa - Polen - Post-Kommunismus - Religion - Sozialkapital

Related subjects » Soziologie - Vergleichende Politikwissenschaft

Table of contents 

​Exploring social capital in Poland.- Social capital: conceptional framework and empirical findings.- Communist legacy and systemic transition.- Catholicism and social capital.- Catholicism and social capital in Poland is a comparative perspective - empirical evidence.- Is social capital building different in Poland?.- Why is Poland an exception among post-communist societies?.

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