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Social Capital

Dietlind Stolle

in The Oxford Handbook of Political Behavior

Published in print August 2007 | ISBN: 9780199270125
Published online September 2009 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199270125.003.0035

Series: OXFORD HANDBOOKS POL SCIENCE SERI OHPS C

Social Capital

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This article provides an assessment of the current state of research within these debates on social capital. A discussion of the various roots, conceptions, and measurements of social capital can be found in the first section of the article. It examines the different consequences and benefits of social capital, and the main theoretical frameworks, competing ideas, and evidence on sources of social capital are observed as well. It tries to determine why some countries, regions, villages, or individuals possess more social capital than others. Finally, the article gives an overview of future issues in social capital research.

Keywords: social capital; debates; consequences and benefits; main theoretical frameworks; competing ideas; sources of social capital; future issues; social capital research

Article.  9223 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; Comparative Politics ; Political Institutions

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