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Actividad asociativa, confianza y generación de capital social: evidencia empírica


  • José Manuel Sánchez Santos

    (Universidad de La Coruña)

  • José Atilano Pena López

    (Universidad de La Coruña)


TThe objective of the present survey is to move forward in the delimitation of the social capital notion and in the analysis of the apparent identity between this and the existence of the associative webs. As a point of departure, we carry out a deconstructive critic of the inconsistencies of the definition of the social capital, in order to propose how an alternative concept, the one of the moral capital settled in the creation of social valued consensus whose maximum expression is confidence. At the second level, and with the object to contribute clarity about the discussed role of the associative activity in the generation of social confidence, we develop an empirical contradiction about the determinants of the social confidence. The results inspect the existence of a clear bond between the unfolding of an ample macro social organisative structure, the confidence in the institutions and the social confidence. At the contrast of this, the social homogeneity and the solidity of the traditional social institutions (family, religion, etc…) do not keep a direct relation with the levels of the revealed social confidence.

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  • José Manuel Sánchez Santos & José Atilano Pena López, 2005. "Actividad asociativa, confianza y generación de capital social: evidencia empírica," EKONOMIAZ. Revista vasca de Economía, Gobierno Vasco / Eusko Jaurlaritza / Basque Government, vol. 59(02), pages 136-159.
  • Handle: RePEc:ekz:ekonoz:2005207

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    asociacionismo; capital moral; capital social; confianza;

    JEL classification:

    • O17 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Formal and Informal Sectors; Shadow Economy; Institutional Arrangements
    • Z13 - Other Special Topics - - Cultural Economics - - - Economic Sociology; Economic Anthropology; Language; Social and Economic Stratification


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