Associations between Associations : the Structure of the Voluntary Association Sector

Roßteutscher, Sigrid ; Deth, Jan W. van

Document Type: Working paper
Year of publication: 2002
The title of a journal, publication series: Arbeitspapiere / Mannheimer Zentrum für Europäische Sozialforschung = Working papers
Volume: 56
Place of publication: Mannheim
Publishing house: MZES
ISSN: 1437-8574
Publication language: English
Institution: School of Social Sciences > Politische Wissenschaft u. Internat. Vergleichende Sozialforschung (van Deth 1995-2015, Em)
Außerfakultäre Einrichtungen > Mannheim Centre for European Social Research - Research Department B
Subject: 320 Political science
Abstract: Civil society is characterised by a virtual endless number of very different clubs, organisations, groups, and associations. Usually, simple additive measures and factor analytical techniques are used to analyse the structure of the voluntary sector and to obtain indicators for social engagement. In this paper, we present several alternative explorative approaches (principal components analysis, cluster analysis, multidimensional scaling) in order to overcome the conceptual and empirical difficulties of conventional methods. Data are taken from a comprehensive study of the entire voluntary sector in a medium-sized German city. A taxonomy of voluntary associations is presented based on the common latent structures found in different analyses.

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