Research project The project studies how and to what extent study circle activity is related to the experience of social trust and public influence.
A study circle is a group of around ten people who meet regularly to study a particular topic. It was originally established in Sweden at the end of the 19th century and is still frequently used. The study circle is regarded as important for the creation and re-creation of social capital and for a form of democracy based on popular movements. This study aims at comparing two similar counties, Jämtland and Västerbotten, but very with different regarding the use of study circles. This study aims at investigating the reasons for this difference and to explore if it is linked to any corresponding differences in social capital between the two counties.