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.
Edited by Gert Tinggaard Svendsen, Professor of Comparative Politics, Aarhus University and Gunnar Lind Haase Svendsen, Professor of Rural Sociology, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark
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 Soren 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 Sonderskov 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 Bjornskov 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 Nording Christensen Index