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Building community capital in social care: is there an economic case?

Knapp, Martin ORCID: 0000-0003-1427-0215, Bauer, Annette ORCID: 0000-0001-5156-1631, Perkins, Margaret and Snell, Tom (2013) Building community capital in social care: is there an economic case? Community Development Journal, 48 (3). pp. 313-331. ISSN 0010-3802

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Identification Number: 10.1093/cdj/bss021


Current debates about the sustainability of public commitments include discussion of the adequacy and affordability of collective health and social care responses to the rapidly growing needs of ageing communities. A recurrent theme in England is whether communities can play greater roles in preventing the emergence of social care needs and/or helping to meet them. Various approaches have been suggested, including community development, community capacity-building and creating social capital. We investigated whether there is an economic case for initiatives of this kind, cognizant of the fact that there are many other objectives for any local scheme. We used a cost–benefit approach and decision-modelling techniques to examine potential costs and economic consequences in a context where evidence is limited and there is little opportunity to collect primary data. We conclude that there could be sizeable savings to the public purse when investing in community capital-building initiatives at relatively low cost.

Item Type: Article
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Additional Information: © 2013 Oxford University Press and Community Development Journal
Divisions: Social Policy
Personal Social Services Research Unit
LSE Health
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
JEL classification: I - Health, Education, and Welfare > I1 - Health
I - Health, Education, and Welfare > I3 - Welfare and Poverty
Date Deposited: 01 Oct 2012 08:36
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2021 00:47
Funders: Department of Health for England, National Institute for Health Research School for Social Care Research

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