Individual-Level Evidence for the Causes and Consequences of Social Capital

  title={Individual-Level Evidence for the Causes and Consequences of Social Capital},
  author={John M. Brehm and Wendy Rahn},
  journal={American Journal of Political Science},
Theory: Social capital is the web of cooperative relationships between citizens that facilitates resolution of collection action problems (Coleman 1990; Putnam 1993). Although normally conceived as a property of communities, the reciprocal relationship between community involvement and trust in others is a demonstration of social capital in individual behavior and attitudes. Hypotheses: Variation in social capital can be explained by citizens' psychological involvement with their communities… 

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