Welfare through Organisations: A Comparative Analysis of British and German Associational Life
Main goal of the project was to investigate the impact of local and organisational contexts on the development of civic orientations in voluntary associations. On the basis of interviews with activists and volunteers comparisons between Aberdeen and Mannheim are carried out. Besides, representative samples from Britain and Germany have been interviewed. In spite of evident differences between the organisational contexts, activists and volunteers in both cities appear to be very similar. Contrary to expectations it turns out that features of voluntary associations are not very relevant for the development of civic orientations.