Active Social Capital: Tracing the Roots of Development and Democracy

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Columbia University Press, Jun 19, 2012 - Political Science - 192 pages
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The idea of social capital allows scholars to assess the quality of relationships among people within a particular community and show how that quality affects the ability to achieve shared goals. With evidence collected from 69 villages in India, Krishna investigates what social capital is, how it operates in practice, and what results it can be expected to produce.

Does social capital provide a viable means for advancing economic development, promoting ethnic peace, and strengthening democratic governance? The world is richer than ever before, but more than a fifth of its people are poor and miserable. Civil wars and ethnic strife continue to mar prospects for peace. Democracy is in place in most countries, but large numbers of citizens do not benefit from it. How can development, peace and democracy become more fruitful for the ordinary citizen? This book shows how social capital is a crucial dimension of any solution to these problems.

 

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Contents

Can Social Capital Help Support Development and Democracy?
1
2 How Might Social Capital Matter?
14
New Political Entrepreneurs and the Rise of VillageBased Collective Action
32
4 Measuring Social Capital
55
Why Do Some Villages Develop Faster than Others?
85
Why Are Some Villages Peaceful and Others Not?
115
Social Capital and New Political Entrepreneurs
141
8 Conclusion
163
APPENDICES
187
Details of 60 Villages in Rajasthan
191
Map of Village Balesariya
195
Notes
197
References
231
Index
247
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Anirudh Krishna is professor at the Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy at Duke University


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