Social Capital and the Collective Management of Resources

  title={Social Capital and the Collective Management of Resources},
  author={Jules Pretty},
  pages={1912 - 1914}
  • J. Pretty
  • Published 12 December 2003
  • Economics
  • Science
The proposition that natural resources need protection from the destructive actions of people is widely accepted. Yet communities have shown in the past and increasingly today that they can collaborate for long-term resource management. The term social capital captures the idea that social bonds and norms are critical for sustainability. Where social capital is high in formalized groups, people have the confidence to invest in collective activities, knowing that others will do so too. Some 0.4… 

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