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Policy arena: "Missing link or 'analytically missing'?: The concept of social capital". Edited by John Harriss. An introductory bibliographic essay

Harriss, John and de Renzio, Paolo (1997) Policy arena: "Missing link or 'analytically missing'?: The concept of social capital". Edited by John Harriss. An introductory bibliographic essay. Journal of International Development, 98 (7). pp. 919-937. ISSN 0954-1748

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Abstract

This paper offers a substantial review of the ways in which the concept of social capital has been used in the recent theoretical and policy literatures. Attention is drawn to the significant difference between the way in which the term has been defined by its two major proponents, James Coleman and Robert Putnam. Putnam's usage, which is the one which has been taken over in development policy thinking by some in the World Bank, is subjected to substantial critique. It is concluded that policy arguments which pose civil society against the state, or which rest on the view that rich endowment in social capital is a precondition for good government, are almost certainly misconceived.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/journal/5102/ho...
Additional Information: © 1997 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Library of Congress subject classification: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
Sets: Departments > Government
Collections > Economists Online
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 27 Aug 2009 13:01
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/25001/

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