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Handbook Of Social Capital

The Troika of Sociology, Political Science and Economics
Edited by Gert Tinggaard Svendsen, Professor of Public Policy, Aarhus University, Denmark and Gunnar Lind Haase Svendsen, Professor (w.s.r.) of Rural Sociology, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark
The Handbook of Social Capital offers an important contribution to the study of bonding and bridging social capital networks, balancing the ‘troika’ of sociology, political science and economics.

Eminent contributors, including Nobel Prize winner Elinor Ostrom, explore the different scientific approaches required if international research is to embrace both the bright and the more shadowy aspects of social capital. The Handbook stresses the importance of trust for economies all over the world and contains a strong advocacy for cross-disciplinary work within the social sciences.
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Publication Date: 2009
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The Handbook of Social Capital offers an important contribution to the study of bonding and bridging social capital networks, balancing the ‘troika’ of sociology, political science and economics.

Eminent contributors, including Nobel Prize winner Elinor Ostrom, explore the different scientific approaches required if international research is to embrace both the bright and the more shadowy aspects of social capital. The Handbook stresses the importance of trust for economies all over the world and contains a strong advocacy for cross-disciplinary work within the social sciences.

Social capital is becoming one of the most important and hotly discussed topics of today. This inter-disciplinary Handbook intends to serve as a bridge for students and scholars across the social sciences.
‘Given the current global economic crisis that has its root causes in the psychology of the marketplace every bit as much as any other factor, the Handbook of Social Capital is timely, insightful, informed, informative, thoughtful and thought-provoking reading. . . A compilation of impressive and extensive scholarship, the Handbook of Social Capital is strongly recommended for academic and professional library reference collections.’
– Library Bookwatch, Midwest Book Review
Preface by Elinor Ostom
Contributors: T.K. Ahn, T.M. Bertilsson, C. Bjørnskov, D.D. Caulkins, R. Chase, R.N. Christensen, G.S. Epstein, L.P. Feld, P. Graeff, P. Gundelach, F. Herreros, C. Hjorth-Andersen, V.N. Jones, H. Jordahl, N. Letki, P. Nannestad, E. Ostrom, M. Paldam, R. Patulny, M.B. Petersen, A. Poulsen, A. Roepstorff, B. Rothstein, F. Sabatini, S. Serritzlew, K.M. Sønderskov, G.T. Svendsen, G.L.H. Svendsen, E.M. Uslaner, R. Weber, M. Woolcock
Contents:

Preface

1. The Troika of Sociology, Political Science and Economics
Gert Tinggaard Svendsen and Gunnar Lind Haase Svendsen

PART I: WHY COOPERATION? CLASSICAL EXPLANATIONS
2. The Meaning of Social Capital and its Link to Collective Action
Elinor Ostrom and T.K. Ahn

3. Cooperation: Evidence from Experiments
Anders Poulsen

4. Grid-Group Analysis
D. Douglas Caulkins

PART II: WHY COOPERATION? RECENT EXPLANATIONS
5. Social Capital in the Brain?
Michael Bang Petersen, Andreas Roepstorff and Søren Serritzlew

6. Humour
Peter Gundelach

7. Religio-philosophical Roots
Ralph Weber

PART III: CORRUPTION AND THE QUALITY OF INSTITUTIONS
8. Corruption
Eric M. Uslaner

9. Social Capital: The Dark Side
Peter Graeff

10. Social Capital in East-Central Europe
Natalia Letki

PART IV: THE WELFARE STATE
11. The State
Francisco Herreros

12. The Universal Welfare State
Bo Rothstein

13. The Nordic Welfare State
Thora Margareta Bertilsson and Christian Hjorth-Andersen

PART V: THE ROLE OF THE STATE
14. Tax Compliance
Lars P. Feld

15. The Environment
Kim Mannemar Sønderskov

16. The Labour Market
Fabio Sabatini

PART VI: MIGRATION AND INTEGRATION
17. Locational Choice, Ethnicity and Assimilation
Gil S. Epstein

18. Making Integration Work
Peter Nannestad

PART VII: THE ECONOMY
19. Economic Inequality
Henrik Jordahl

20. Economic Growth
Christian Bjørnskov

21. The Macro Perspective on Generalized Trust
Martin Paldam

PART VIII: MEASUREMENT
22. Mixed Methods Assessment
Veronica Nyhan Jones and Michael Woolcock

23. The Sociability of Nations: International Comparisons in Bonding, Bridging and Linking Social Capital
Roger Patulny

24. Building Social Capital
Robert Chase and Rikke Nørding Christensen

Index