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Social Capital And Empowerment At The Work Place

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Civic society associations provide avenues from private life to organized social life, and the social capital acquired by a person in civic society is useful for acting within and contributing to public life. The chapter tests the labor relations version of the transfer hypothesis: The more someone is involved in private associations the more he or she will attain empowerment at the workplace. That civic involvement transforms into empowerment at the workplace, is a bold hypothesis. Qualifications and workplace characteristics may have a more immediate impact on the level of persons, and institutions. Therefore, the chapter examines the hypothesis, controlling for personal conditions, and in several countries, with differing labor relations. It introduces the research design-samples, hypotheses and measurements of empowerment and its determinants at the level of persons and countries. Then, it presents the results for the level of persons, and for both the level of persons and countries.

Keywords:civic society; labor relations; social capital



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