The Handbook Of Social Capital

Hardcover | May 15, 2008

EditorDario Castiglione, Jan W. Van Deth, Guglielmo Wolleb

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Social capital is a relatively new concept in the social sciences. In the last twenty or so years it has come to indicate that networks of social relationships represent a 'resource' for both the individual and society, since they provide support for the individual and facilitate collectiveaction. Although this is not an entirely new idea, the more systematic way in which social capital captures such an intuition has created a new theoretical paradigm and helped to develop a series of innovative research programmes in politics, economics, and the study of human well-being. The concepthas gained currency beyond academia, extending its influence to political and policy-making circles at local, national, and international levels. It has also affected the way in which social surveys are conceived and public policies assessed. As the idea of social capital has spread, the literatureabout it has increased exponentially. After twenty years of rapid expansion it is time for a more considered and critical assessment of how the original concept has been adapted and refined, and how successful its application has been. The Handbook of Social Capital intends to do precisely that. Itoffers a state-of-the-art view of discussions about the concept of social capital and the way in which it has been applied in empirical research. The organization of the Handbook reflects this intention by focusing on conceptual development and analysis in the first part; by identifying two main areas of research in which social capital has favoured the development of new and influential research programmes - political participation indemocratic societies, and economic development; and by exploring the more normative and policy oriented consequences of social capital. All chapters comprising the volume were specifically written for the Handbook by some of the main experts in the fields. The book provides authoritative andinnovative introduction to the study of social capital.

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Social capital is a relatively new concept in the social sciences. In the last twenty or so years it has come to indicate that networks of social relationships represent a 'resource' for both the individual and society, since they provide support for the individual and facilitate collectiveaction. Although this is not an entirely new i...

Dario Castiglione is Reader in Political Theory at the University of Exeter. His main research interests are in the history of political thought, theories of democracy and civil society, and European constitutionalism. Jan W. van Deth is Professor of Political Science and International Comparative Social Research at the University of ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:600 pages, 9.69 × 6.73 × 1.69 inPublished:May 15, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Preface and AcknowledgementsDario Castiglione, Jan W. van Deth, and Guglielmo Wolleb: Social Capital's Fortune - An IntroductionPart I: Conceptual IssuesDario Castiglione: Introduction: Conceptual Issues in Social Capital Theory1. Hartmut Esser: Relational Capital and System Capital2. Nan Lin: A Network Theory of Social Capital3. T.K. Ahn and Elinor Ostrom: Social Capital and Collective Action4. Eric M. Uslaner: Trust as a Moral Value5. Mark E. Warren: The Nature and Logic of Bad Social Capital6. Jan W. van Deth: Measuring Social Capital7. Dario Castiglione: Social Capital as a Research ProgrammePart II: Democratic PoliticsJan W. van Deth: Introduction: Social Capital and Democratic Politics8. Sigrid Rossteutscher: Social Capital and Civic Engagement: A Comparative Perspective9. Kenneth Newton: Trust and Politics10. Bo Rothstein and Dietlind Stolle: Political Institutions and Generalized Trust11. William Maloney: Interests Groups and Social Capital12. Herman Lelieveldt: Neighbourhood Politics13. Meindert Fennema and Jean Tillie: Social Capital in Multicultural SocietyPart III: Economic DevelopmentGuglielmo Wolleb: Introduction: Social Capital and Economic Development14. Domenico Cersosimo and Rosanna Nistico: Social Capital in Economics15. Michael Woolcock and Elizabeth Radin: A Relational Approach to the Theory and Practices of Economic Development16. Anirudh Krishna: The Role of Social Capital in Development17. Laura Foschi: Microfinance and Social Capital18. Martin Raiser: Social Capital and Economic Performance in Transition Economies19. Alessandro Arrighetti, Gilberto Seravalli, and Guglielmo Wolleb: Social Capital, Institutions, and Collective Action between FirmsPart IV: Between Community and SocietyDario Castiglione: Introduction: Social Capital between Community and Society20. Marc Hooghe: Voluntary Associations and Socialization21. Stephen Durlauf: Membership and Inequality22. Flavio Comim: Social Capital Theory and Capabilities23. Bill Jordan: Social Capital and Welfare Policies24. Vivien Lowndes and Lawrence Pratchett: Public Policy and Social Capital