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Sources of Civic Engagement in Latin America: Empirical Evidence from Rural Ecuadorian Communities


  • Carina Schmitt


The concept of civic engagement has greatly influenced the policy-making process in the field of development cooperation. However, in contrast to a vast quantity of empirical studies for the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)-world, there is only little knowledge with respect to developing countries. Using Ecuadorian rural communities as an example, this paper analyses socioeconomic, political and cultural sources of civic engagement with multivariate regression analyses, which demonstrate that volunteering strongly depends on the cultural tradition. Additionally, the empirical results show that a pure application of the theoretical assumptions and operationalisations from the OECD-world is misleading, when analysing social processes in developing countries.

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  • Carina Schmitt, 2010. "Sources of Civic Engagement in Latin America: Empirical Evidence from Rural Ecuadorian Communities," Journal of Development Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 46(8), pages 1442-1458.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:jdevst:v:46:y:2010:i:8:p:1442-1458
    DOI: 10.1080/00220381003599394

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    1. Hayes, Tanya & Murtinho, Felipe & Wolff, Hendrik, 2017. "The Impact of Payments for Environmental Services on Communal Lands: An Analysis of the Factors Driving Household Land-Use Behavior in Ecuador," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 93(C), pages 427-446.
    2. Hayes, Tanya & Murtinho, Felipe & Wolff, Hendrik, 2015. "An institutional analysis of Payment for Environmental Services on collectively managed lands in Ecuador," Ecological Economics, Elsevier, vol. 118(C), pages 81-89.

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