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Social capital and community participation in post-Soviet Armenia: implications for policy and practice

Babajanian, Babken V (2008) Social capital and community participation in post-Soviet Armenia: implications for policy and practice. Europe-Asia Studies, 60 (8). pp. 1299-1319. ISSN 1465-3427

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Abstract

This article argues that the social capital framework used by development agencies in community-driven development projects in post-Soviet countries may not be adequate for analysing conditions affecting community participation. Research in Armenia shows that the availability of social capital in a community may not necessarily translate into participation. The governance environment plays a key role in affecting the nature and forms of community participation and in shaping local institutions in Armenia. The research argues against the 'cultural' view of institutional change, which presumes that the main barriers to participation are posed by cultural factors, such as interpersonal trust and the 'mentality' of post-Soviet citizens. Development interventions that focus on building social capital as a means to promote community participation may not be effective without addressing broader structural factors affecting participation.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/carfax/09668136.ht...
Additional Information: © 2008 Taylor & Francis
Library of Congress subject classification: J Political Science > JQ Political institutions Asia
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
Date Deposited: 23 Dec 2008 09:18
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/21819/

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