Social Capital in Europe

Book Name : Social Capital in Europe_x000D_
A Comparative Regional Analysis

By by Emanuele Ferragina

Sub Title : A Comparative Regional Analysis

Written by : by Emanuele Ferragina

Subject Category : Academic Business

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The book investigates the determinants of social capital across 85 European regions capturing the renewed interest among social capital theorists for the importance of active secondary groups in supporting the correct functioning of society and its democratic institutions. Robert Putnam merged quantitative and historical analyses, suggesting that the lack of social capital in the south of Italy was mainly due to a peculiar historical development rather than being the product of a mix of structural socio-economic factors, a conclusion that has been the subject of fierce criticism and debate. Emanuele Ferragina analyses the influence of income inequality, economic development, labour market participation and national divergence. By complementing these socio-economic explanations with a comparative historic-institutional analysis between two deviant cases (Wallonia and the south of Italy) and two regular cases (Flanders and the north east of Italy), the findings suggest that income inequality, labour market participation and national divergence are important factors in explaining the lack of social capital.Furthermore, the traditional historical determinism is refuted with the formulation of the sleeping social capital theory. Sociologists, political scientists, economic historians and scholars interested in comparative methods and European politics and policy will find this informative book invaluable. Edward Elgar Publishing; September 2012 ISBN 9781781000229 Read online, or download in secure PDF format Title: Social Capital in Europe Author: Emanuele Ferragina Imprint: Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd Subject categories Academic Business > Economic History Public Affairs > Political institutions and public administration > General. Comparative government > Political rights. Political participation Sociology > Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform Social Sciences Political Science > Social Services & Welfare Social Science > Sociology ISBNs 1781000220 9781781000212 9781781000229

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Academic Business - Economic History Public Affairs - Political institutions and public administration - General. Comparative government - Political rights. Political participation Sociology - Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform Social Sciences Political Science - Social Services & Welfare Social Science - Sociology

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