Social capital and public policy formation: An emphasis on Greek regions

English title: Social capital and public policy formation: An emphasis on Greek regions

Author(s): C.M. Sophoulis - N. Jones - C. Malesios -

Language: English

Type: Conference paper/poster

Year: 2007

Abstract

Social factors constitute a significant element in the multidimensional concept of sustainable development. In this context, sustainability has been linked to one of the most successful terms deriving from the field of sociology in the last decades: social capital. The aim of this article is to contribute to this discussion by indicating the significance of social capital during the formation of public policies and the need to develop measurement techniques for this purpose. The article is divided in two parts. In the first part a brief description of the term social capital is presented, followed by the main links which connect social capital with public policies and an example from the field of environmental policy. From this analysis, the importance of including social capital during the formation of public policies is indicated, a fact that is facilitated by recent development on measurement techniques. The second part of the article will emphasize on the measurement and analysis of social capital specifically in Greece. In particular, by the use of data from European Social Survey of 2002/2003 we measure social capital in the 13 Greek Peripheries (NUTS II). Through the analysis it is indicated that measuring social capital may reveal significant social characteristics which should be taken into consideration during the planning and implementation of public policies.

Conference name: Conference of ISA Research Committee Sociotechnics, Sociological Practice RC26, "Design For All, inclusion, Social Economy, Sustainable Communities"

Location: Molyvos, Greece

Start date: Jun 12, 2007

Type: Paper

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