Voluntary Association Involvement and Political Participation in South Korea

Won No, Hyunrang Han, Lili Wang

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Abstract

While studies suggest that voluntary association involvement leads to more political participation in the U.S. and European countries, the relationship remains debatable in new democracies. Using the Current Social Integration Survey from 2015 to 2018 in South Korea, this study examines the relationship between voluntary association engagement and participation in political activities based on the social capital theory and explores whether the results vary by the types of voluntary associations and multiple memberships in the associations. The results suggest that memberships in voluntary associations are positively associated with voting and engagement in political activities. Additionally, only memberships in certain types of associations are related to voting and engagement in political activities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)535-561
Number of pages27
JournalNonprofit Policy Forum
Volume12
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2021
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • civic engagement
  • political participation
  • social capital
  • South Korea
  • voluntary association

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Public Administration

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