The Problem of Forming Social Capital: Why Trust? by F. HerrerosThe Problem of Forming Social Capital: Why Trust? by F. Herreros

The Problem of Forming Social Capital: Why Trust?

byF. Herreros

Paperback | December 14, 2007

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Herreros examines from the ground up, and from first principles, how social capital is formed. He gives special attention to "particularized trust," the byproduct of associational participation, and its relationship to generalized social trust. He argues that social capital, the resources drawn from obligations of reciprocity and information, derives from participation in social networks, including voluntary associations. The book uses game theoretical models to highlight mechanisms facilitating the formation of trust and, in contrast to many theorists, Herreros places emphasis on the role of the state in the creation of social capital. The theoretical arguments are tested empirically using survey data and historical cases. This sophisticated analysis is sure to generate debate.
Francisco Herreros is a member of the Juan March Institute (Madrid).
Title:The Problem of Forming Social Capital: Why Trust?Format:PaperbackDimensions:160 pagesPublished:December 14, 2007Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan USLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230602231

ISBN - 13:9780230602236

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Table of Contents

Introduction * The Concept of Social Capital * The Problem of the Formation of Social Capital * The Creation of Particularized Trust * The Creation of Social Trust * The Creation of Social Trust: The Role of the State * The "Virtuous Circle" of the Creation of Social Capital * Conclusions

Editorial Reviews

"Herreros, far more than anyone else to date, gives the concept social capital both theoretical and empirical standing. He clarifies the questions that matter, shows how we can answer them, and even answers some. This is a truly cross-national study, informed by sophisticated analytics and imaginative tests of plausible hypotheses. His most important finding is that the state fosters social capital directly through its efficacy in enforcing agreements and indirectly through its subsidies of associations. Herreros thus counters many earlier analyses of social capital and provides the basis for further theoretical and policy advance."--Margaret Levi, Jere L. Bacharach Professor of International Studies, University of Washington"Herreros's Problem of Forming Social Capital is a well-argued analysis of the importance of trust and voluntary associations in civic life. His argument is not mine, but this is an engaging book that will make an important contribution to debates on social capital. More so than almost anyone else, Herreros presents a clear argument about the underlying mechanisms of social capital. His reasoning will play a key role in the ongoing controversy about how and whether trust and membership in civic associations make democracy work better."--Eric Uslaner, University of Maryland, College Park"This is a brilliant book. The arguments are rigorous and sharp; the evidence, convincing; the style, incisive and witty. Herreros departs from the mainstream literature on social capital showing, first, that social trust can be explained from a rational choice perspective; and second, that the State can generate social capital. Both on theoretical and empirical grounds, the book is a major contribution to the study of social capital; it is also enjoyable to read."--José María Maravall, Juan March Institute, Madrid