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Promoting institutional change in post-Soviet Armenia: is social capital the ‘missing link’?

Babajanian, Babken V (2007) Promoting institutional change in post-Soviet Armenia: is social capital the ‘missing link’? NGPA Research Paper, 1. London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK. ISBN 9780853280668

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Abstract

This paper argues that the social capital framework used by development agencies in community-driven development policies and projects is not adequate for analysing conditions affecting participation. Instead, it proposes a framework for analysing co-operation. The research in Armenia shows that the availability of social capital in a community may not necessarily translate into community participation. The governance environment plays a key role in affecting the nature and forms of community participation and in shaping local institutions in Armenia. This implies that development interventions that focus on building social capital as a means to institutionalise participation may not be effective without addressing broader structural factors affecting participation.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Official URL: http://www.lse.ac.uk/ngpa
Additional Information: © 2007 London School of Economics and Political Science
Library of Congress subject classification: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Sets: Departments > Social Policy
Research centres and groups > Centre for Civil Society (CCS)
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Identification Number: 1
Date Deposited: 04 Aug 2008 09:01
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/20241/

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