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Voluntary organisations and the generation of social capital in city politics

Gerry Stoker, Graham Smith, William Maloney and Stephen Young

in City matters

Published by Policy Press

Published in print May 2004 | ISBN: 9781861344458
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447301868 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861344458.003.0021
Voluntary organisations and the generation of social capital in city politics

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This chapter examines the role of voluntary organisations in generating social capital in city politics in Great Britain. It discusses the concept of social capital as developed by Robert Putnam, and stresses the need for social-capital research to consider the relations between associations and organisations and the role of corporate actors. The findings reveal that social capital can be most easily created in conditions where there is shared identity among those constructing the relationship, and that there is a distributional quality to social capital.

Keywords: voluntary organisations; social capital; city politics; Great Britain; Robert Putnam; shared identity

Chapter.  6290 words. 

Subjects: Urban and Rural Studies

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