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Social Capital in Development Planning : Linking the Actors (Hardcover) (Raffaella Y. Nanetti & Catalina
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The pursuit of sustainable development and smart growth is a main challenge today in countries around the world. Social capital is an asset of their territorial communities. It is also a precondition for national and local policies that aim to better the economic base and quality of life for all. This change is socially diffused, economically sustainable over time, and smart in its content. A significant stock of social capital facilitates such results because it links into the process of development planning institutional decision makers and socioeconomic stakeholders who share trust, solidarity norms, and a community vision.In the last thirty years, social capital has become a forceful concept in the social sciences, the subject of many scholarly works and also the topic of keen interest and debate in policy circles. Yet, much of the attention has been centered on its 'definition' and on its 'measurement', while its incorporation into policy making that promotes the increase in the stock of social capital and ultimately its contribution to development has been minimal. Social Capital in Development Planning updates and advances the debate on social capital, through the analysis of the application of the concept of social capital to programs for sustainable and smart socioeconomic development; empirical findings; and a new paradigm for development planning.