Civil Society and Social Capital

Michael Woolcock

in The Oxford Handbook of Civil Society

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780195398571
Published online May 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks

 Civil Society and Social Capital

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This article examines the relation between civil society and social capital. It explains that over the last twenty-five years, the concepts of civil society and social capital have experienced a remarkable rise to prominence across many disciplines and sectors. It offers an overview of the concept of social capital and provides a brief survey of the substantive issues to which it has drawn attention, especially as they pertain to the role of civil society organizations in facilitating collective action, economic development, and democratic governance. It also considers some of the key implications of this research for policy and practice.

Keywords: civil society; social capital; collective action; economic development; democratic governance

Article.  5393 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; Public Policy ; Public Administration

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