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Foundations of Social Capital : Critical Studies in Economic Institutions - Elinor Ostrom

Foundations of Social Capital

Critical Studies in Economic Institutions

By: Elinor Ostrom (Editor), T. K. Ahn (Editor)

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Few social scientific concepts have gathered so much attention and so many followers in such a short period of time as the concept of social capital. The purpose of this authoritative volume is to review the foundations for this fast growing field.

The selected articles embed the concept in core theoretical work in economics, political science, sociology, development theory, and philosophy. Topics include: contemporary conceptual and philosophical foundations; forms of social capital; and the relation of social capital to both development and democracy.

This collection will provide an insightful reference source to students and researchers alike.

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`Ostrom and Ahn do us the great service of bringing together a varied, rich array of central works on social capital, many of which have been relatively inaccessible. The idea of social capital is still very much a work in progress, as these contributions from a broad array of disciplines demonstrate. Having this collection available will help focus further development of that idea.' -- Russell Hardin, New York University and Stanford University, US `As theoretical paradigms develop, there comes a time when they need careful synthesis, deep reflection and wise criticism. It is now that time for the arguments regarding social capital. Political scientists are fortunate that a scholar as pre-eminent as Elinor Ostrom, and her able student T.K. Ahn, have taken the lead in undertaking this task. They have pulled together a fine collection of essays and added an insightful and pedagogically sound overview. The collection is likely to find its place in the book bags of all scholars concerned with the contributions of this literature to our discipline.' -- Joe Oppenheimer, University of Maryland, College Park, US

Contents: Acknowledgements Introduction Elinor Ostrom and T.K. Ahn PART I FORERUNNERS 1. Alexis de Tocqueville ([1840] 1945), 'Of the Use Which the Americans Make of Public Associations in Civil Life', 'Of the Relation between Public Associations and the Newspapers', 'Relation of Civil to Political Associations', and 'How the Americans Combat Individualism by the Principle of Self-Interest Rightly Understood' 2. Lyda Judson Hanifan (1920), 'Social Capital - Its Development and Use' 3. Theodore W. Schultz (1961), 'Investment in Human Capital' 4. Jane Jacobs (1961), 'The Uses of City Neighborhoods' PART II CONTEMPORARY CONCEPTUAL AND PHILOSOPHICAL FOUNDATIONS 5. Mark S. Granovetter (1973), 'The Strength of Weak Ties' 6. Mark Granovetter (1985), 'Economic Action and Social Structure: The Problem of Embeddedness' 7. James S. Coleman (1987), 'Norms as Social Capital' 8. James S. Coleman (1988), 'Social Capital in the Creation of Human Capital' 9. Vincent Ostrom (1980), 'Artisanship and Artifact' PART III FORMS OF SOCIAL CAPITAL 10. Ronald S. Burt (1992), excerpt from 'The Social Structure of Competition' 11. Robert D. Putnam, Robert Leonardi and Raffaella Y. Nanetti (1993), 'Social Capital and Institutional Success' 12. Elinor Ostrom (1992), 'Institutions as Rules-in-Use' 13. Diego Gambetta (2000), 'Can We Trust Trust?' 14. Francis Fukuyama (2000), Social Capital and Civil Society 15. Partha Dasgupta (2002), 'Social Capital and Economic Performance: Analytics' [Revised and abridged version of: Partha Dasgupta (2000), 'Economic Progress and the Idea of Social Capital' PART IV SOCIAL CAPITAL AND DEVELOPMENT 16. Michael Woolcock (1998), 'Social Capital and Economic Development: Toward a Theoretical Synthesis and Policy Framework' 17. Francis Fukuyama (1995), 'Social Capital and the Global Economy' 18. Michael Woolcock and Deepa Narayan (2000), 'Social Capital: Implications for Development Theory, Research, and Policy' 19. Paul Collier and Jan Willem Gunning (1999), 'Explaining African Economic Performance' 20. Stephen Knack and Philip Keefer (1997), 'Does Social Capital Have an Economic Payoff? A Cross-Country Investigation' PART V SOCIAL CAPITAL AND DEMOCRACY 21. Robert D. Putnam (1993), 'The Prosperous Community: Social Capital and Public Life' 22. Robert D. Putnam (1995), 'Tuning In, Tuning Out: The Strange Disappearance of Social Capital in America' 23. John Brehm and Wendy Rahn (1997), 'Individual-Level Evidence for the Causes and Consequences of Social Capital' Name Index

ISBN: 9781849802499
ISBN-10: 1849802491
Series: Critical Studies in Economic Institutions
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 630
Published: 1st June 2010
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 16.9 x 24.4  x 3.81
Weight (kg): 1.08
Edition Type: Abridged