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Volunteering and Social Capital


Volunteering and Social Capital Robert Putnam's influential theories of social capital uses volunteering as an index of civic participation and argues that the immanent decline of volunteering signals a potential crisis for democracy. This paper by Jennifer Wilkinson and Michael Bittman challenges the assumptions underpinning Putnam's ideas. "Volunteering: The Human Face of Democracy" is published by the Social Policy Research Centre.


By Social Policy Research Centre , Australia.

Voluntary Sector Policy Resource.