Social Capital

Rodney E. Hero and Marion Orr

in The Oxford Handbook of Urban Politics

Published in print April 2012 | ISBN: 9780195367867
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks

Social Capital


This article explores the concept of social capital and its consequences, and its relevance for the practice and study of urban politics. It analyses the definitions of social capital in political science literature, considering it as a dependent variable in urban politics. The analysis indicates that, unless it is modified, social capital does not fit with much of the reigning approach to urban political science, which is the urban political economy approach, and explains that this approach focuses on the interplay between polity and the economy at the local level, and its consequences for public policy.

Keywords: social capital; urban politics; political science literature; political economy; public policy

Article.  7671 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; Public Policy

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