Social capital, the social economy and community development

  title={Social capital, the social economy and community development},
  author={Alan F. Kay},
  journal={Community Development Journal},
  • Alan F. Kay
  • Published 1 April 2006
  • Economics, Sociology
  • Community Development Journal
Social capital is increasingly used in the field of community development and the social economy. This article describes some of the results to emerge from a three-year research project (CONSCISE Project), which looked at the contribution social capital can make to the social economy within local economic development. Following the definition of social capital, the article examines how it can be assessed and then goes on to list the main findings on the significance of social capital in the… 

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