Show Summary Details

Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD HANDBOOKS ONLINE ( © Oxford University Press, 2018. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a title in Oxford Handbooks Online for personal use (for details see Privacy Policy and Legal Notice).

date: 06 August 2020

Abstract and Keywords

This article investigates the link between social capital and political participation in Britain. It also outlines evidence on political participation in contemporary Britain, as well as changes in participation over time. This is followed by an examination of the thesis that social capital drives political participation. In addition, evidence on the relationship between social capital and political participation from the 2005 British Election Study is explored. The article then describes the findings and their implications for civic engagement in contemporary Britain. A long-term decline in electoral participation in Britain has been taking place, something which has been happening in other advanced industrial democracies as well. Increasingly citizens are instrumental in their approach to participation, and they will get involved if this furthers their interests, and they avoid involvement when it does not.

Keywords: social capital, political participation, Britain, 2005 British Election Study, electoral participation

Access to the complete content on Oxford Handbooks Online requires a subscription or purchase. Public users are able to search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter without a subscription.

Please subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you have purchased a print title that contains an access token, please see the token for information about how to register your code.

For questions on access or troubleshooting, please check our FAQs, and if you can''t find the answer there, please contact us.