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Martin Boddy and Michael Parkinson

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9781861344458

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861344458.001.0001

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Voluntary organisations and the generation of social capital in city politics

Voluntary organisations and the generation of social capital in city politics

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(p.389) Twenty One Voluntary organisations and the generation of social capital in city politics
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City matters
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Gerry Stoker

Graham Smith

William Maloney

Stephen Young

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781861344458.003.0021

This chapter examines the role of voluntary organisations in generating social capital in city politics in Great Britain. It discusses the concept of social capital as developed by Robert Putnam, and stresses the need for social-capital research to consider the relations between associations and organisations and the role of corporate actors. The findings reveal that social capital can be most easily created in conditions where there is shared identity among those constructing the relationship, and that there is a distributional quality to social capital.

Keywords:   voluntary organisations, social capital, city politics, Great Britain, Robert Putnam, shared identity

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