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      The economic recession and civic participation: the curious case of Rotterdam's civil society, 2008–20131

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          This paper investigates how the 2008–9 recession affected civic participation in disadvantaged and affluent neighbourhoods in the city of Rotterdam. We hypothesize that levels of civic participation may either diverge or converge across neighbourhoods with a different socioeconomic status. We build upon a recent wave of studies examining how civil society has been affected by the 2008–9 recession. Using five waves from the Rotterdam Neighbourhood Profile survey ( N = 63,134; 71 neighbourhoods), we find converging trends in civic participation. Between 2008 and 2013, civic participation declined in affluent neighbourhoods but increased slightly in disadvantaged neighbourhoods. This convergence is partly due to the level of perceived problems in the neighbourhood and differences in the types of volunteering found in disadvantaged and affluent neighbourhoods. In addition, we argue that these converging trends can be better understood by considering the neighbourhood organizational infrastructure and local policy configurations. Next to examining the impact of the 2008–9 recession on civic participation, we contribute to research on civil society by comparing the UK and Dutch context.

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                Contributors
                custers@essb.eur.nl
                Journal
                Br J Sociol
                Br J Sociol
                10.1111/(ISSN)1468-4446
                BJOS
                The British Journal of Sociology
                John Wiley and Sons Inc. (Hoboken )
                0007-1315
                1468-4446
                08 July 2019
                December 2019
                : 70
                : 5 ( doiID: 10.1111/bjos.v70.5 )
                : 1946-1970
                Affiliations
                [ 1 ] Erasmus University Rotterdam
                Author notes
                [* ] Corresponding author email: custers@ 123456essb.eur.nl

                Article
                BJOS12691
                10.1111/1468-4446.12691
                6916582
                31282568
                © 2019 The Authors. The British Journal of Sociology published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd on behalf of London School of Economics and Political Science

                This is an open access article under the terms of the http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

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                Figures: 3, Tables: 5, Pages: 25, Words: 18357
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                December 2019
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