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


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  • John Harriss

    (Development Studies Institute, London School of Economics, London, UK)

  • Paolo De Renzio

    (Development Studies Institute, London School of Economics, London, UK)

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    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. © 1997 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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    Article provided by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. in its journal Journal of International Development.

    Volume (Year): 9 (1997)
    Issue (Month): 7 ()
    Pages: 919-937

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    Handle: RePEc:wly:jintdv:v:9:y:1997:i:7:p:919-937

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    1. Hadenius, Axel & Uggla, Fredrik, 1996. "Making civil society work, promoting democratic development: What can states and donors do?," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 24(10), pages 1621-1639, October.
    2. Ostrom, Elinor, 1996. "Crossing the great divide: Coproduction, synergy, and development," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 24(6), pages 1073-1087, June.
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    Cited by:
    1. Tariq Shah & Syed Akhter Hussain Shah & Eatzaz Ahmed, 2010. "Algebraic Representation of Social Capital Matrix," Microeconomics Working Papers 22724, East Asian Bureau of Economic Research.
    2. Alan Rew, 2003. "Why has it ended up here? Development (and other) messages and social connectivity in northern Orissa," Journal of International Development, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 15(7), pages 925-938.
    3. Indra Tudawe, 2009. "Chronic Poverty and Development Policy in Sri Lanka: Overview Study," Working Papers id:2213, eSocialSciences.


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