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Relation between Social Capital and Political Participation (Case Study: Qom Citizens)
Karam Habibpoor Gatabi * , Seyed Hamid reaza Mosavi Korshidi
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Introduction: Desirable transition of contemporary society of Iran from traditional to modern order requires political participation of citizens. To achieve this participation, important prerequisites including social capital are required. In this  regard, social capital is an important factor which determination of its role andeffects on political participation and  activating its potential force  are being considered in scientific communities recently.   Recognition of social capital is important to provide political participation and to facilitate political development and promotion of democracy. Therefore, it has been assumed that social capital increases individuals’ potential of political action and increases the probability of their political engagement.  Accordingly, present research examines the relation between social capital and political participation among citizens applying Robert Putnam’s theory.  

Method: Using a mixture of multi-stages cluster, systematic random and simple random sampling methods,  383 citizens aged 18-65 years old at city of Qom  participated in this survey study. 

Findings: There  was a positive relation between all components of social capital and political participation among Qom citizens. Although according to results of the multiple regression analysis, out of four predictor variables including social trust, social integration, knowledge and informal social participation, only two variables of knowledge and informal social participation had direct effect on political participation giving more weight to knowledge.  However, results of the path analysis showed that all of these four variables had affected  political participation of Qom citizens  directly, indirectly and  simultaneously (both direct and indirect). Knowledge, informal social participation, social trust and social solidarity had the most influence respectively. Therefore, citizens  with higher political participation are those who have more knowledge, social trust, informal social participation and show more consistency with values and norms of the society.       

Discussion: Although knowledge, social trust, informal social participation and social integration had effects on citizens’ political participation  directly and indirectly,knowledge is the central part of social capital that increases citizens’ political participation while strengthening its other elements. In addition,  considering mutual relations among elements of social capital, strengthening knowledge can positively influence other components of social capital such as social integration, social trust (especially institutional trust) and informal social participation. In fact, whatever knowledge element be more qualified, on-time and practical in public spheres (social-political), it will resulted to rising of citizens’ political participation at higher and more levels.

Keywords: Informal social participation, Knowledge, Political participation, Social capital, Social integration, Social trust
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Received: 2017/01/30 | Accepted: 2017/01/30 | Published: 2017/01/30
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Habibpoor Gatabi K, Mosavi Korshidi S H R. Relation between Social Capital and Political Participation (Case Study: Qom Citizens). Social Welfare. 2016; 16 (62) :359-391
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