Stakeholder Participation and Emerging Brokerage: Lesson learnt from 10 Cases in the Danish - German Border Region

Susanne Gretzinger, Simon Fietze, Birgit Leick, Robert Hassink, Jane Petersen

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Bridging social capital is vital for regional development as it is supporting the collaboration among regional stakeholders and other involved actors. While the academic discussion on social capital started more than one century ago with first contributions from Hanifan (1916), there is still a lack of tools in the real world when it gets down to identifying and activating social capital. This is true for bonding as well as bridging social capital. Particularly related to stakeholder participation in regional development projects matters of emerging social capital, like identifying, activating and managing it, are underexplored so far. In the present paper, qualitative and quantitative data are used to complement each other for illustrating emerging social capital in a setting of collaborating regional stakeholders. Empirically this paper is using data from 10 different regional development project cases in a setting of regional stakeholder collaboration in a rural cross-border region.

, , emerging brokerage, bridging social capital, bonding social capital
Original languageEnglish
Publication date5. Sept 2020
Number of pages7
Publication statusPublished - 5. Sept 2020
EventGeography of Innovation Conference - University of Stavanger and Stavanger Centre for Innovation Research, Stavanger , Norway
Duration: 29. Jan 202031. Jan 2020
Conference number: 5


ConferenceGeography of Innovation Conference
LocationUniversity of Stavanger and Stavanger Centre for Innovation Research
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  • stakeholder participation
  • emerging bonding capital
  • emerging bridging capital
  • regional development projects


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