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The role of social capital in development : an empirical assessment

Author: Christiaan Grootaert; Thierry Van Bastelaer
Publisher: New York : Cambridge University Press, 2002.
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In recent years the role of social capital - defined as the institutions and networks of relationships between people, and the associated norms and values - in programs of poverty alleviation and development has risen to considerable prominence. Although development practitioners have long suspected that social capital does affect the efficiency and quality of most development processes, this book is the first to  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Christiaan Grootaert; Thierry Van Bastelaer
ISBN: 0521812917 9780521812917
OCLC Number: 47922796
Description: xxii, 360 p. : ill., map ; 24 cm.
Contents: Social capital and poverty: a microeconomic perspective / Paul Collier --
Social capital, growth, and poverty: a survey of cross-country evidence / Stephen Knack --
Mapping and measuring social capital through assessment of collective action to conserve and develop watersheds in Rajasthan, India / Anirudh Krishna and Norman Uphoff --
Social capital and the firm: evidence from agricultural traders in Madagascar / Marcel Fafchamps and Bart Minten --
How do participation and social capital affect community-based water projects? Evidence from Central Java, Indonesia / Jonathan Isham and Satu Kähkönen --
Does social capital increase participation in voluntary solid waste management? Evidence from Dhaka, Bangladesh / Sheoli Pargal, Daniel O. Gillian, and Mainul Huq --
The impact of development assistance on social capital: evidence from Kenya / Mary Kay Gugerty and Michael Kremer --
Induced social capital and federations of the rural poor in the Andes / Anthony J. Bebbington and Thomas F. Carroll --
Social capital and social cohesion: case studies from Cambodia and Rwanda / Nat J. Colletta and Michelle L. Cullen --
Ethnicity, capital formation, and conflict: evidence from Africa / Robert H. Bates and Irene Yackovlev --
Conclusion: measuring impact and drawing policy implications / Christiaan Grootaert and Thierry Van Bastelaer.
Responsibility: edited by Christiaan Grootaert and Thierry Van Bastelaer ; with a foreword by Robert D. Putnam.
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In recent years the role of social capital - defined as the institutions and networks of relationships between people, and the associated norms and values - in programs of poverty alleviation and development has risen to considerable prominence. Although development practitioners have long suspected that social capital does affect the efficiency and quality of most development processes, this book is the first to provide the rigorous empirical results needed to confirm that impression and translate it into effective and informed policymaking. It is based on a large volume of newly collected data, relying equally on quantitative and qualitative research methodologies to establish new approaches for measuring social capital and its impact. The book 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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