The Role of Social Capital in Development: An Empirical Assessment

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Overview

Social capital can be defined as the institutions and networks of relationships between people, complemented by the attitudes, norms and values that underlie them. Based on a large volume of newly collected data from ten countries, this is the first book to provide a rigorous empirical testing of the link between social capital and economic development. It documents the pervasive role of social capital in accelerating poverty alleviation and rural development, facilitating the provision of goods and services, and easing political transition and recovery from civil conflicts.

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"...this is a volume that repays serious engagement." American Journal of Sociology
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521065795
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Christiaan Grootaert is Lead Economist in the Social Development Department at the World Bank, and Manager of the Social Capital Initiative. His research centres on the measurement and analysis of poverty, risk and vulnerability, education and labour markets, child labour, and the role of institutions and social capital in development, in Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Eastern Europe. Recent publications include The Policy Analysis of Child Labor: A Comparative Study (with H. Patrinos) and Poverty and Social Assistance in Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union (with J. Braithwaite and B. Milanovic). He is co-author of the World Development Report 2000-2001: Attacking Poverty, and has contributed articles to various journals, including the Journal of Development Economics, Journal of Development Studies, World Development and Journal of African Economies.

Thierry van Bastelaer is the Director of the Integrated Financial Services Team at the IRIS Center at the University of Maryland. As a political economist, he has designed and implemented programs in a number of areas of economic development, including policy reform for private sector growth, legal and regulatory reform for microfinance, policy priorities for electronic commerce, small enterprise development, and corruption. His research is centered around the political economy of reform, social capital and microfinance. His articles have been published in several journals, including Public Choice, and he has worked extensively in South Asia.

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Table of Contents

List of figures and maps
List of tables
List of boxes
Notes on contributors
Acknowledgments
Foreword
Introduction and overview 1
Pt. I Social capital at the micro and macro levels: a conceptual discussion and review
1 Social capital and poverty: a microeconomic perspective 19
2 Social capital, growth, and poverty: a survey of cross-country evidence 42
Pt. 2 The impact of social capital on development
3 Mapping and measuring social capital through assessment of collective action to conserve and develop watersheds in Rajasthan, India 85
4 Social capital and the firm: evidence from agricultural traders in Madagascar 125
5 How do participation and social capital affect community-based water projects? Evidence from Central Java, Indonesia 155
6 Does social capital increase participation in voluntary solid waste management? Evidence from Dhaka, Bangladesh 188
Pt. 3 The creation and transformation of social capital
7 The impact of development assistance on social capital: evidence from Kenya 213
8 Induced social capital and federations of the rural poor in the Andes 234
9 Social capital and social cohesion: case studies from Cambodia and Rwanda 279
10 Ethnicity, capital formation, and conflict: evidence from Africa 310
Conclusion: measuring impact and drawing policy implications 341
Index 351
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