Civil Society and Social Capital Beyond Putnam

  title={Civil Society and Social Capital Beyond Putnam},
  author={Bob Edwards and Michael W. Foley},
  journal={American Behavioral Scientist},
  pages={124 - 139}
Both civil society and social capital have proven useful heuristics for drawing attention to neglected nonmarket aspects of social reality and constitute a needed corrective to narrowly economistic models. However, both break down, although in different ways, when treated as the basis for elaborating testable hypotheses and further theory. Civil society is most useful in polemical or normative contexts, but attempts to distinguish it from other sectors of society typically break down in… 

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