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The dimensions of social capital and rural development: evidence from Water Communities in the Republic of Macedonia

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  • Gorton, Matthew
  • Sauer, Johannes
  • Peshevski, Mile
  • Bosev, Dane
  • Shekerinov, Darko
  • Quarrie, Steve

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Drawing on Nahapiet and Ghoshal's (1998) distinction between the structural, relational, and cognitive dimensions of social capital, this paper analyses the performance of Water Communities (WCs) in the Bregalnica region of the Republic of Macedonia. WCs are farmer-managed local irrigation systems which are critical to livelihoods in Bregalnica. Data on the performance of the WCs and role of social capital was collected via in-depth interviews and a farm survey (n=249) of both members and non-members. Results highlight the importance of social capital in explaining the decision to join a WC, the satisfaction of members with their WC, and payment behaviour.

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  • Gorton, Matthew & Sauer, Johannes & Peshevski, Mile & Bosev, Dane & Shekerinov, Darko & Quarrie, Steve, 2010. "The dimensions of social capital and rural development: evidence from Water Communities in the Republic of Macedonia," 118th Seminar, August 25-27, 2010, Ljubljana, Slovenia 94916, European Association of Agricultural Economists.
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    Keywords

    social capital; rural development; irrigation; rural development; Community/Rural/Urban Development; O13; P32; Q15;

    JEL classification:

    • O13 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Agriculture; Natural Resources; Environment; Other Primary Products
    • P32 - Economic Systems - - Socialist Institutions and Their Transitions - - - Collectives; Communes; Agricultural Institutions
    • Q15 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - Land Ownership and Tenure; Land Reform; Land Use; Irrigation; Agriculture and Environment

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