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Against social capital

Essential readings

Fine, Ben (2010). Theories of Social Capital: Researchers Behaving Badly. Pluto.

"Ben Fine is the world’s most thorough and indefatigible critic of the abuse of the...

Foley, M. W., Edwards, B. (1999). Is It Time to Disinvest in Social Capital? Journal of Public Policy 19, 141-173

In an effort at theoretical clarification, the authors reviewed 45 recent articles reporting...

Harriss, J. (2002). Depoliticizing Development: the World Bank and social capital. London: Anthem Press.

A unique investigation into the notion of social capital, analysing its misappropriation in...

Important readings

Bowles, S., Gintis, H. (2002). Social Capital and Community Governance. The Economic Journal 112 (483), F419–F436

Community governance is the set of small group social interactions that, with market and state,...

Fine, B. (1999). The Developmental State Is Dead—Long Live Social Capital? Development and Change 30 (1), 1-19

At the same time that the World Bank appears to be going through a process of replacing the...

Van Staveren, I., Knorringa, P. (Eds) (2007). Beyond Social Capital A critical approach. London and New York: Routledge

China is poised to gain global importance as a growth engine for the world economy on a par with...

Christoforou, A., Davis, J. B. (eds.) (2014). Social Capital and Economics. London and New York: Routledge.

This volume edited by Asimina Christoforou (Athens University of Economics and Business) and John B...

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Christoforou, A. (2003). On the identity of social capital and the social capital of identity. Cambridge Journal of Economics 37, 719–736

In contemporary economics, social capital is identified by some with norms and networks that...

Christoforou, A., Lainé, M. (eds.) (2014). Re-Thinking Economics Exploring the Work of Pierre Bourdieu. London and New York: Routledge.

Once again, unfettered capitalism has failed. Promises for global prosperity and peace have given...

Cleaver, F. (2005). The inequality of social capital and the reproduction of chronic poverty. World Development 33 (6), 893-906

This paper draws on ethnographic research in Tanzania to question ideas inherent to mainstream...

Encarnaciòn, O. G. (2003). The Myth of Civil Society Social Capital and Democratic Consolidation in Spain and Brazil. Houndmills: Palgrave

Almost irrespective of the geographic setting, the debate about the future of democracy in post-...

Englebert, P. (2001). The World Bank and the Unsuspected Virtues of Social Capital. Pomona College Department of Politics, mimeo

Since the middle of the 1990s, the World Bank has made substantial room in its discourse and...

Foley, M. W., Edwards, B. (1997). Escape From Politics? Social Theory and the Social Capital Debate. American Behavioral Scientist 40 (5), 550

This article sets the stage for the discussion of social capital, civil society, and contemporary...

Grießhaber, N., Geys, B. (2010). Civic Engagement and Corruption in 20 European Democracies: Separating the Bright from the Dark Side? Unpublished

This paper analyses the effect of different forms of civic engagement on corruption. As such, it...

Iglič, H. (2010). Voluntary Associations and Tolerance: An Ambiguous Relationship. American Behavioral Scientist 53 (5), 717-736.

In the debate on social capital, it is usually assumed that membership in voluntary associations is...