Civil liberties and voluntary work in six former Soviet Union countries

Kamerāde, D ORCID:, Crotty, J and Ljubownikow, S 2016, 'Civil liberties and voluntary work in six former Soviet Union countries' , Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, 45 (6) , pp. 1150-1168.

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To contribute to the debate as to whether volunteering is an outcome of democratization rather than a driver of it, we analyze how divergent democratization pathways in six countries of the former Soviet Union have led to varied levels of voluntary work. Using data from the European Values Study, we find that Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia - which followed a Europeanization path - have high and increasing levels of civil liberties and voluntary work. In Russia and Belarus, following a pre-emption path, civil liberties have remained low and voluntary work has declined. Surprisingly, despite the Orange Revolution and increased civil liberties, voluntary work rates in Ukraine have also declined. The case of Ukraine indicates that the freedom to participate is not always taken up by citizens. Our findings suggest it is not voluntary work that brings civil liberties, but rather that increased civil liberties lead to higher levels of volunteering.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of Health and Society
Journal or Publication Title: Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly
Publisher: SAGE Publications
ISSN: 0899-7640
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Funders: Seventh Framework Programme
Depositing User: Dr D Kamerāde
Date Deposited: 02 Nov 2017 14:33
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2022 18:33

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