Building social capital in city politics: scope and limitations at the inter-organisational level

Smith, Graham and Maloney, William and Stoker, Gerry (2004) Building social capital in city politics: scope and limitations at the inter-organisational level. Political Studies, 52 (3). pp. 508-530. ISSN 0032-3217

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9248.2004.00493.x

Abstract

This article explores the relations between voluntary organisations and the city administration in two British cities through an analysis of the impact of social capital. It provides a corrective to the dominant individual-level approach by offering an organisational-level analysis of social capital. The evidence suggests that inter-organisational social capital is not distributed equitably within cities. Voluntary organisations that regularly engage with a city administration can build networks of trust and information flows that outstrip those available to other voluntary organisations. Although it is easier to build social capital within a sector, such as the voluntary sector, building it in tight networks with voluntary organisations would appear to be an achievable goal for a city administration – but such networks do not guarantee an enhanced overall confidence in the local political system.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: University of Westminster > Social Sciences and Humanities
Depositing User: Rachel Wheelhouse
Date Deposited: 21 Nov 2012 14:48
Last Modified: 21 Nov 2012 14:48
URI: http://westminsterresearch.wmin.ac.uk/id/eprint/11537

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