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What is social capital

Essential readings

Coleman, J. S. (1988). Social Capital in the Creation of Human Capital. The American Journal of Sociology 94, S95-S120

In this paper, the concept of social capital is introduced and illustrated, its forms are described...

Granovetter, M. (1973). The Strength Of Weak Ties. American Journal of Sociology 78, 1360-80.

Analysis of social networks is suggested as a tool for linking micro and macro levels of...

Important readings

Fine, B. (2001). Social Capital Versus Social Theory. London and New York: Routledge

The idea of Social Capital is an attempt to incorporate social considerations into mainstream...

Putnam, R. (1993). Making Democracy Work: Civic Traditions in Modern Italy

Why do some democratic governments succeed and others fail? In a book that has received attention...

Putnam, R. D. (1995). Bowling Alone: America's Declining Social Capital. Journal of Democracy 6 (1), 65-78.

Copyright © 1995 The National Endowment for Democracy and The Johns Hopkins University Press...

Putnam, R. D. (2000). Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community. New York: Simon & Schuster

In a groundbreaking book based on vast data, Putnam shows how we have become increasingly...

Dasgupta, P. (2005). Economics of Social Capital. The Economic Record 81 (255), S2-S21

The literature on the idea of ‘social capital’ is now enormous. Offering an alternative...

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Ahn, T.-H., Ostrom, E. (Eds) (2003). Foundations of Social Capital. Edward Elgar

Few social scientific concepts have gathered so much attention and so many followers in such a...

Ashraf, N., Camerer, C. F., Loewenstein, G. (2005). Adam Smith, Behavioral Economist. Journal of Economic Perspectives, 19(3): 131–145.

Adam Smith's psychological perspective in The Theory of Moral Sentiments is remarkably similar...

Banfield, E. C. (1958). he Moral Basis of a Backward Society. Glencoe, IL: The Free Press

The Moral Basis of a Backward Society is a book by Edward C. Banfield, a political scientist who...

Becker, G. (1974). A theory of social interactions. Journal of Political Economy 82(6), 1063-1093.

This essay incorporates a general treatment of social interactions into the modern theory of...

Becker, G. S. (1974). A Theory of Social Interactions, Journal of Political Economy 82 (6), 1063-1093

Please follow this link to download the paper in Pdf as a NBER working paper on Professor Becker...

Becker, G. S. (1996). Accounting for Tastes. Cambrdige: Harvard University Press

Economists generally accept as a given the old adage that there's no accounting for tastes....

Bjørnskov, C. (2006). The multiple facets of social capital. European Journal of Political Economy 22 (1), 22-40.

This paper examines whether Putnam's claim that social capital is a unitary concept has support...

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...

De Blasio, G., Sestito, P. (Eds). Il capitale sociale. Roma, Donzelli

"Cos’è esattamente il capitale sociale? Come misurarlo, senza accontentarsi dell...

Eloire, F. (2015). The Bourdieusian Conception of Social Capital: A Methodological Reflection and Application. Forum for Social Economics

This paper is on social capital and the meaning that Bourdieu has given to this concept in his...

Farr, J. (2004). Social Capital. A Conceptual History

Abstract Taking its departure from current debates over social capital, this article presents...

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