Author: Sanjeev Prakash
Editor(s): Sanjeev Prakash / Per Selle
Publisher: Sage Publications
ISBN/UPC (if available): 0761996907
Current interest in the concept of social capital stems largely from empirical studies of civil society, voluntary organizations and democratic institutions in the developed world. Of late, researchers working on problems of economic development, poverty and governance in developing countries have also begun to use the concept in order to understand the institutional variables required for sustained development and democratic governance. However, despite its increasing popularity, a great deal of confusion still surrounds the concept.
Bringing together perspectives from the fields of development studies and the political theory of institutions, this important volume provides a critical analysis of social capital and helps to clarify the concept. Based on studies of social capital and civil society in Scandinavia, India, Italy, and the Netherlands, the contributors test the robustness of the concept in different contexts within a broad comparative framework.
Combining quantitative and qualitative as well as empirical and conceptual approaches, this volume explores a number of central issues related to social capital. Among these are:
Whether western notions of associations and civil society can be applied universally or whether a new taxonomy is required which can work across polities and cultures.
Can social capital adequately explain regional differences in economic success?
The problem of social trust in relation to the overall institutional environments.
Whether social trust and capital accumulated in one associational domain can be transferred to other contexts.
The manner in which social capital affects development performance and the importance of agency in development efforts.
The role of new information and communication technologies as sources and sites for social capital.
With its original research, comparative approach, conceptual innovations; and numerous fresh insights, this book will be of considerable interest to all those studying political science, development studies, sociology, and civil society.
LIST OF TABLES
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I. SOCIAL CAPITAL: WHENCE IT CAME
INTRODUCTION: Why Investigate Social Capital?
SANJEEV PRAKASH and PER SELLE
Social Capital and Democracy; Institutional and Social Preconditions
Is Civil Society the Answer?
SUSANNE HOEBER RUDOLPH
Social Capital of Individuals: Relational Asset or Personal Quality?
II. EMPIRICAL APPROACHES
Social Capital and Institutional Legitimacy: The Corleone Connection
How Associations Matter: An Empirical Assessment of the Social Capital-Trust-Voluntary Action Link
Organizational Memberships and Crosscutting Ties: Bonding or Bridging Social Capital? D DOUGLAS CAULKINS
Communities, Social Capital and Local Government: Generalized Trust in Regional Settings
Putting Social Capital to Work: Agency and Development
III. NEW DIRECTIONS AND CUL-DE-SACS
Passive Membership in Voluntary Organizations: Implications for Civil Society, Integration and Democracy
DAG WOLLEBAEK and PER SELLE
Social Capital and Economic Development: A Plea for Mechanisms
Surfing for Online Connectedness: Is the Internet Helping to End Civic Engagement? TOMMY TRANVIK