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What is social capital

Essential readings

Coleman, J. S. (1988). Social Capital in the Creation of Human Capital. The American Journal of Sociology 94, S95-S120

In this paper, the concept of social capital is introduced and illustrated, its forms are described...

Granovetter, M. (1973). The Strength Of Weak Ties. American Journal of Sociology 78, 1360-80.

Analysis of social networks is suggested as a tool for linking micro and macro levels of...

Important readings

Fine, B. (2001). Social Capital Versus Social Theory. London and New York: Routledge

The idea of Social Capital is an attempt to incorporate social considerations into mainstream...

Putnam, R. (1993). Making Democracy Work: Civic Traditions in Modern Italy

Why do some democratic governments succeed and others fail? In a book that has received attention...

Putnam, R. D. (1995). Bowling Alone: America's Declining Social Capital. Journal of Democracy 6 (1), 65-78.

Copyright © 1995 The National Endowment for Democracy and The Johns Hopkins University Press...

Putnam, R. D. (2000). Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community. New York: Simon & Schuster

In a groundbreaking book based on vast data, Putnam shows how we have become increasingly...

Dasgupta, P. (2005). Economics of Social Capital. The Economic Record 81 (255), S2-S21

The literature on the idea of ‘social capital’ is now enormous. Offering an alternative...

Reading list archive

Paldam, M. (2000). Social Capital: One or Many? Definition and Measurement. Journal of Economic Surveys 14 (5), 629-653.

Three families of social capital concepts are discussed: (fa1) trust, (fa2) ease of cooperation,...

Portes, A. (1998). Social Capital: Its Origins and Applications in Modern Sociology. Annual Review of Sociology 24, 1-24

This paper reviews the origins and definitions of social capital in the writings of Bourdieu,...

Sugden, R. (2002). Beyond sympathy and empathy: Adam Smith's concept of fellow-feeling. Economics and Philosophy 18(01), 63-87

When modern economists use the notions of sympathy or empathy, they often claim that their ideas...

Uslaner, E. M. (2000). The Moral Foundations of Trust. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

The book is a study of the moral foundations of trust in other people, distinguishing between...

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