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How to construct a robust measure of social capital: Two contributions

Bjørnskov, C. and Svendsen, G.T. (2007) How to construct a robust measure of social capital: Two contributions. Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis, Vol. 9 (No.3), pp. 275-292.

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How to construct a robust measure of social capital? This paper offers two contributions. The first is an attempt to establish a broad social capital measure based on four indicators, the Freedom House Index, an index of perceived corruption from Transparency International, and scores on civic participation and generalized trust. This measure is then applied by comparing the level of social capital in 25 countries from Western and Eastern Europe. Our nine-cluster analysis shows that Switzerland has the highest score, followed by the Netherlands and Scandinavia. At the other end of the continuum we find post-communist countries and southern Italy. The findings for this specific sample suggest that institutions matter for social capital and the relationship between decentralization and social capital emerges as a promising line of inquiry. Thus, the highest scoring countries in the sample may serve as institutional models for countries and regions aiming to increase their future level of social capital. More rigorous empirical research is needed within this field.

EPrint Type:Journal paper
Keywords:Social capital
Subjects: Knowledge management > Research methodology and philosophy
Knowledge management > Research methodology and philosophy > Specific methods > Surveys and statistics
Research affiliation: Denmark > DARCOF III (2005-2010) > COP - Public policies and demand for organic food
Deposited By: Nielsen, Susanne Strandbjerg
ID Code:14319
Deposited On:30 Sep 2008
Last Modified:03 Dec 2013 13:07
Document Language:English
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted
Commentary on Outside Item:FOJØ-Project

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