CINEFOGO Conference: Programme

Social Capital and Democracy in Europe and the USA
October 27-28, 2006

Organised by Analistas Socio-Políticos Research Center, Madrid, Spain

Instituto Universitario Ortega y Gasset
Fortuny 53
Madrid, Spain


Friday,  27 October 2006


Opening of the CINEFOGO Workshop Social Capital and Democracy in Europe and the USA

Víctor Pérez-Díaz (Analistas Socio-Políticos Research Center, Madrid, Spain)

A general presentation

Session I. Social capital: inclusion and exclusion

Joaquín Pedro López Novo (Analistas Socio-Políticos Research Center, Madrid, Spain)

Religion, irreligion and democratic governance: the problem of exclusionary secularism

Coffe-break (15 minutes)

Carlo Ruzza (University of Trento, Italy)

Organized civil society and multi-level governance in the EU

Grzegorz Ekiert (Harvard University, USA)

Democratization and civil society in postcommunist Europe: assessing the relationship
14:00 Lunch at the Instituto Universitario Ortega y Gasset
Session II. Politics and civil society

Tiago Fernandes (European University Institute, Italy / Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal)

Political origins of civil society: Spain and Portugal in comparative perspective

Coffe-break (15 minutes)

Xavier de Souza Briggs (MIT, USA)

Study of civic capacity at the local level, with pairs of cities in three problem domains--economic restructuring, managing urban growth and development, and investing in people (social protection, human development)

Distributed paper:

Tomas Sirovatka (The School for Social Studies, Masaryk University, Czech Republic) and Petr Mares (Masaryk University, Czech Republic): Transformation, social capital, social exclusion: Czech case

21:00 Flamenco spectacle and tapas
Venue: Casa Patas
Steet: Cañizares, 10
Metro: Tirso de Molina

Saturday, 28 October 2006

Session III. Civil society and democratic governance

Alejandro Portes (Princeton University, USA)

The Two Meanings of Social Capital and its Bearing on the Adaptation of the Immigrant Second Generation

Coffe-break (15 minutes)

Lars Tragardh (Ersta Skondal University College, Sweden)

Commissions constitute the linchpin of democratic governance in Sweden as the location where agents of the state co-govern with representatives of civil society organizations

Marti Siisiäinen, Raimo Blom, Kaj Ilmonen (University of Jyvaskyla, Finland)

Social capital in Finland: Trust in voluntary and work organizations

Distributed paper:

Lars Hulgard (Roskilde University, Denmark)

Institutional configurations of bonding and bridging social capital

Session IV. Round table


14:00 Lunch at "El aliño" Restaurant
Street: Rafael Calvo, 40