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Civil Society, Political Participation and Happiness

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Werner Reimers Foundation
Am Wingertsberg 4
61348 Bad Homburg v. d. Höhe
Germany



International Symposium

Civil Society, Political Participation and Happiness

Civil Society, Political Participation and Happiness

2013年5月23日 - 2013年5月25日

Mounting public debt at national, regional and municipal levels is the lament of the day heard from Athens to Rome, from Washington to Tokyo, from Duisburg to Remscheid. Governments are more and more constrained in the services they can provide as annual interest payments on debt keep rising. Under the circumstances the social commitment of private actors, be they corporations or citizens, becomes ever more important. Other than altruistic philanthropy, what are the incentives underlying civic involvement? Recent findings in the field of happiness studies suggest that people who engage in community service and contribute in other ways to society are happier than those who do not get involved. However, beyond this conspicuous correlation little is known about the conditions and specific motivations of this kind of behaviour, and much is still to be learnt about how individual life satisfaction is influenced by social awareness, trust in institutions, etc. and social commitment.

While the determinants and correlates of well-being have been a topic of research in the interdisciplinary field of happiness studies for many years now, the number of studies which take political participation and civic engagement into account is – in spite of the recent surge for happiness – still rather limited. Although these topics have been studied in traditional disciplines like sociology, psychology and political science, the studies in those fields, however, often neglect happiness and social well-being in their analysis. The intention of this sympoium was, by bringing together a select group of experts from the fields of happiness studies, economics, sociology and political science, to shed light on the complex interconnectedness of civil society, political participation and life satisfaction in the functioning and development of society.
The findings of the workshop will be published in a special issue of the journal “Voluntas” late 2014.

発表

1日目          2013年5月23日 (木)

19:00 – 20:30
Public opening lecture

Social commitment, market principles and happiness – the view of the private sector

Christopher Pleister, Federal Agency for Financial Market Stabilisation, FMSA

Social commitment, market principles and happiness – the view of science

フロリアン・クルマス


ドイツ日本研究所

2日目          2013年5月24日 (金)

09:30 – 11:00
Session 1: Setting the stage: Civil Society, Political Involvement and Happiness

Changing patterns of voluntarism and participation in Norway

Bernard Enjolras, Centre for Research on Civil Society & Voluntary Sector

Social and political involvement and the machinery of trust, mastery and happiness

Paul Dekker, Tilburg University

11:30 – 13:00
Session 1: Setting the stage: Civic Engagement and Social Well Being

Social participation, sense of community and social well-being

Elvira Cicognani, University of Bologna

Feeling involved – civic engagement and social well-being in Japan

カローラ・ホメリヒ


ドイツ日本研究所

14:30 – 16:00
Session 2: Antecedents and consequences of political participation (part I)

Direct democracy and procedural utility

Alois Stutzer, University of Basel

Untangling the relationship between political participation and happiness

Matthew S. Winters, University of Illinois

Political participation and happiness: Japan, the usual outlier?

ティム・ティーフェンバッハ


ドイツ日本研究所

16:30 – 18:00
Session 2: Antecedents and consequences of political participation (part II)

Political participation and well-being: A case study of political activists in Japan after 3/11

フェーベ・ステラー・ホルドグリューン


ドイツ日本研究所

What do we do when the young don’t party? Examining barriers to satisfactory youth engagement in politics in Japan and Italy

Robin LeBlanc, Washington and Lee University

3日目          2013年5月25日 (土)

09:30 – 11:00
Session 3: Social movements (part I)

Framing processes among the invisible - Parental social movement organizations and well-being in Japan

バーバラ・ホルトス


ドイツ日本研究所

Anti-nuclear activities after the Fukushima nuclear disaster: A new stage of the Japanese Civil Society?

Koichi Hasegawa, Tohoku University Sendai

11:30 – 13:00
Session 3: Social movements (part II)

Motivational framing of parental social movements in Japan

バーバラ・ホルトス


ドイツ日本研究所

Advocacy can also be fun: Finding happiness through participation in Japan's invisible civil society

Patricia Steinhoff, University of Hawaii at Manoa

Civil society and Japanese citizens' activism surrounding Japan's constitution and Article 9 debates, Okinawan peace movements, and post-311 disaster responses

Millie Creighton, The University of British Columbia

14:30 – 15:30
Final discussion

2日目          2013年5月24日 (金)

11:00 – 11:30
Coffee break

13:00 – 14:30
Lunch

16:00 – 16:30
Coffee break

3日目          2013年5月25日 (土)

11:00 – 11:30
Coffee break

13:00 – 14:30
Lunch

1日目          2013年5月23日 (木)

20:30 – 21:30
Get-together

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