Making sense of social capital, health and policy.

  title={Making sense of social capital, health and policy.},
  author={Samuel E D Shortt},
  journal={Health policy},
  volume={70 1},
This paper summarizes current knowledge about social capital and its application to health policy. There is a consensus that social capital is a characteristic of social groups, rather than individuals, and is born of shared experience which fosters mutual trust and reciprocity. It is a collective resource that may accumulate over time and facilitates the accomplishment of objectives that would otherwise be unlikely. The theoretical articulation of social capital remains under-theorized, and… CONTINUE READING

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