The idea of social capital allows scholars to assess the quality
of relationships among people within a particular community and
show how that quality affects the ability to achieve shared goals.
With evidence collected from sixty-nine villages in India, Krishna
investigates what social capital is, how it operates in practice,
and what results it can be expected to produce.
Does social capital provide a viable means for advancing
economic development, promoting ethnic peace, and strengthening
democratic governance? The world is richer than ever before, but
more than a fifth of its people are poor and miserable. Civil wars
and ethnic strife continue to mar prospects for peace. Democracy is
in place in most countries, but large numbers of citizens do not
benefit from it. How can development, peace and democracy become
more fruitful for the ordinary citizen? This book shows how social
capital is a crucial dimension of any solution to these
Subjects: Political Science, History, Sociology
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