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Handbook of Social Capital and Regional Development

Edited by Hans Westlund, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Jönköping International Business School (JIBS), Jönköping, Sweden and Institute for Developmental and Strategic Analysis (IRSA), Ljubljana, Slovenia and Johan P. Larsson, Jönköping International Business School (JIBS), Jönköping and Swedish Entrepreneurship Forum, Stockholm, Sweden
The role of social capital in regional development is a multifaceted topic which is studied all over the world using various methods and across numerous disciplines. It has long been evident that social capital is important for regional development, however, it is less clear how this works in practice. Do all types of social capital have the same effects and are different kinds of regions impacted in the same way? This book is the first to offer an overview of this rapidly expanding field of research and to thoroughly analyse the complex issue of social capital and regional development.
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Publication Date: 2016
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The role of social capital in regional development is a multifaceted topic which is studied all over the world using various methods and across numerous disciplines. It has long been evident that social capital is important for regional development, however, it is less clear how this works in practice. Do all types of social capital have the same effects and are different kinds of regions impacted in the same way? This book is the first to offer an overview of this rapidly expanding field of research and to thoroughly analyse the complex issue of social capital and regional development.

The authoritative and original chapters, written by leading scholars from around the world, combine theory and new empirical research to analyse various types of regions from metropolitan to rural. A particular focus is on entrepreneurship and the social capital of enterprises, whilst the role of social capital for modern governance and planning is also highlighted. The different components of social capital and data availability are also treated in depth.

This Handbook is an ideal resource for students and scholars studying social capital, social networks, and regional growth and development. It also offers great insight for policymakers and planners in the fields of urban, regional and rural development.
‘This excellent volume combines a rich set of papers linking space and social relationships. It reminds everyone who studies entrepreneurship that entrepreneurs exist in a place – and derive strength from their social networks. This provides a wide view of the exciting world of spatial research in the 21st century.’
– Edward Glaeser, Harvard University, US

‘In the Handbook of Social Capital and Regional Development, Westlund and Larsson have gathered a truly impressive list of experts on how social capital – an often neglected topic – shapes economic development. A must for all those interested in understanding the dynamics of regional development processes.’
– Andrés Rodríguez-Pose, London School of Economics, UK

‘Research into the role played by social capital in shaping and fostering regional development is burgeoning, and rightly so. Many previously opaque and little-understood aspects of local development processes and mechanisms are now increasingly coming to light due to our growing understanding of social capital. This has led to both major empirical and theoretical breakthroughs, many of which are reflected and articulated in this excellent volume, comprising some of the very best scholars in the field. This is a valuable resource for all scholars working on these topics.’
– Philip McCann, University of Groningen, the Netherlands
Contributors: M. Andersson, P. Arenius, R.E. Bolton, N. Bosma, A. Christoforou, M. Emmelin, M. Eriksson, M.P. Feldman, E. Ferragina, R. Franzén, M. Fritsch, T. Hatori, D. Irawati, B. Johannisson, B. Johansson, L. King, K. Kobayashi, J.P. Larsson, M. Lindberg, M. Ljunggren, J. Peiró-Palomino, E. Pisani, J. Poot, Y. Pu, M. Ramírez Pasillas, M. Roskruge, R. Rutten, V. Schutjens, E. Setiawan, T.F. Slaper, M.F. Thompson, E. Tortosa-Ausina, B. Volker, J. Wernberg, H. Westlund, M. Wyrwich, A. Xiong, T.D. Zoller





















Contents:

1. Social Capital and Regional Development: An Introduction
Hans Westlund and Johan P. Larsson

2. Social Capital and Networks in Spatial Economies
Börje Johansson

PART I ASPECTS OF ENTREPRENEURSHIP
3. Local Social Entrepreneurship and Social Capital
Niels Bosma, Veronique Schutjens and Beate Volker

4. Does Persistence in Start-up Activity Reflect Persistence in Social Capital?
Michael Fritsch and Michael Wyrwich

5. Women’s Entrepreneurship and Social Capital
Pia Arenius and Riikka Franzén

6. Dealmakers in Place: Social Capital Connections in Regional Entrepreneurial Economies
Maryann P. Feldman and Ted Douglas Zoller

7. Social Capital and the Economics of Cities
Martin Andersson, Johan P. Larsson and Joakim Wernberg

8. Indonesian Entrepreneurs in the UK: A Social Capital Perspective on Challenges and Opportunities of Migrant Entrepreneurs
Eddy Setiawan, Dessy Irawati and Roel Rutten

9. Social Capital, Entrepreneurship and Living Standards: Differences Between Migrants and the Native Born
Matthew Roskruge, Jacques Poot and Laura King

PART II MEASUREMENT AND REGIONAL PERFORMANCE
10. The Social Capital of European Regions
Emanuele Ferragina

11. Social Capital and Regional Economic Performance: A Study Across U.S. Metropolitan Statistical Areas
Michael F. Thompson and Timothy F. Slaper

12. Social Capital and Income Convergence in European Regions
Jesús Peiró-Palomino and Emili Tortosa-Ausina

PART III ASPECTS OF REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT
13. Challenges and Opportunities for Local Development Initiatives to Influence Social Capital for Health Promotion Purposes: Theoretical and Empirical Support
Malin Eriksson and Maria Emmelin

14. Social Capital and Rural Development in Southern European Regions: The Case of EU-funded LEADER Projects
Asimina Christoforou and Elena Pisani

15. Research on Social Capital and Regional Development in China: What Has Been Done So Far and What Should be Done in Future
Ailun Xiong and Yongjian Pu

PART IV GOVERNANCE, STRATEGIES AND PLANNING
16. Social Capital and Regional Learning Governance: A Japanese Perspective
Kiyoshi Kobayashi and Tsuyoshi Hatori

17. Clusters as a Take-Off for Glocal Strategies: the Role of Social Capital
Bengt Johannisson, Marcela Ramirez-Pasillas and Malin Lindberg

18. A Habermas-inspired Approach to Social Capital in Regional Planning
Roger E. Bolton

19. Researchers’ Role in Regional Development – Collaboration and Social Capital in Swedish Higher Education Institutions
Maria Ljunggren

Index