Social kapital og økonomisk sociologi

Gunnar Lind Haase Svendsen, Gert Tinggaard Svendsen

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Social kapital og økonomisk sociologi (in Danish)
What is social capital? We try to answer this question by using an interdisciplinary approach that combines economics and sociology in three steps. First, we introduce the general economic starting point from New Institutional Economics (NIE) focusing on asymmetrical information and transaction costs. Next, we incorporate the capital theory of Pierre Bourdieu, demonstrating how cultural values may generally compensate for the presence of asymmetrical information. Finally, we introduce the concept of social capital as a more specific version of Bourdieu's capital approach. Overall, we suggest that social capital can be operationalized as a matter of trust. This would solve the fundamental problem in NIE, namely by compensating for asymmetrical information and thereby reducing the size of transaction costs following social and economic interaction. Thus, social capital may be viewed as a new pro­duc­tion factor that may help explain differences in the economic welfare of nations.
TidsskriftDistinktion : Scandinavian Journal of Social Theory
Udgave nummer2
Sider (fra-til)105-118
Antal sider14
StatusUdgivet - 2003