Building Social Capital in City Politics: Scope and Limitations at the Inter-Organisational Level

William Anthony Maloney, G. Smith, G. Stoker

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    21 Citations (Scopus)

    Abstract

    This article explores the relations between voluntary organisations and the city administration in two British cities through an analysis of the impact of social capital. It provides a corrective to the dominant individual-level approach by offering an organisational-level analysis of social capital. The evidence suggests that inter-organisational social capital is not distributed equitably within cities. Voluntary organisations that regularly engage with a city administration can build networks of trust and information flows that outstrip those available to other voluntary organisations. Although it is easier to build social capital within a sector, such as the voluntary sector, building it in tight networks with voluntary organisations would appear to be an achievable goal for a city administration - but such networks do not guarantee an enhanced overall confidence in the local political system.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)508-530
    Number of pages22
    JournalPolitical Studies
    Volume52
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 2004

    Keywords

    • COLLECTIVE ACTION

    Cite this

    Building Social Capital in City Politics: Scope and Limitations at the Inter-Organisational Level. / Maloney, William Anthony; Smith, G.; Stoker, G.

    In: Political Studies, Vol. 52, No. 2, 2004, p. 508-530.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Maloney, William Anthony ; Smith, G. ; Stoker, G. / Building Social Capital in City Politics: Scope and Limitations at the Inter-Organisational Level. In: Political Studies. 2004 ; Vol. 52, No. 2. pp. 508-530.
    @article{23b1478e437f484eac2eef214da0135b,
    title = "Building Social Capital in City Politics: Scope and Limitations at the Inter-Organisational Level",
    abstract = "This article explores the relations between voluntary organisations and the city administration in two British cities through an analysis of the impact of social capital. It provides a corrective to the dominant individual-level approach by offering an organisational-level analysis of social capital. The evidence suggests that inter-organisational social capital is not distributed equitably within cities. Voluntary organisations that regularly engage with a city administration can build networks of trust and information flows that outstrip those available to other voluntary organisations. Although it is easier to build social capital within a sector, such as the voluntary sector, building it in tight networks with voluntary organisations would appear to be an achievable goal for a city administration - but such networks do not guarantee an enhanced overall confidence in the local political system.",
    keywords = "COLLECTIVE ACTION",
    author = "Maloney, {William Anthony} and G. Smith and G. Stoker",
    year = "2004",
    language = "English",
    volume = "52",
    pages = "508--530",
    journal = "Political Studies",
    issn = "0032-3217",
    publisher = "Wiley-Blackwell",
    number = "2",

    }

    TY - JOUR

    T1 - Building Social Capital in City Politics: Scope and Limitations at the Inter-Organisational Level

    AU - Maloney, William Anthony

    AU - Smith, G.

    AU - Stoker, G.

    PY - 2004

    Y1 - 2004

    N2 - This article explores the relations between voluntary organisations and the city administration in two British cities through an analysis of the impact of social capital. It provides a corrective to the dominant individual-level approach by offering an organisational-level analysis of social capital. The evidence suggests that inter-organisational social capital is not distributed equitably within cities. Voluntary organisations that regularly engage with a city administration can build networks of trust and information flows that outstrip those available to other voluntary organisations. Although it is easier to build social capital within a sector, such as the voluntary sector, building it in tight networks with voluntary organisations would appear to be an achievable goal for a city administration - but such networks do not guarantee an enhanced overall confidence in the local political system.

    AB - This article explores the relations between voluntary organisations and the city administration in two British cities through an analysis of the impact of social capital. It provides a corrective to the dominant individual-level approach by offering an organisational-level analysis of social capital. The evidence suggests that inter-organisational social capital is not distributed equitably within cities. Voluntary organisations that regularly engage with a city administration can build networks of trust and information flows that outstrip those available to other voluntary organisations. Although it is easier to build social capital within a sector, such as the voluntary sector, building it in tight networks with voluntary organisations would appear to be an achievable goal for a city administration - but such networks do not guarantee an enhanced overall confidence in the local political system.

    KW - COLLECTIVE ACTION

    M3 - Article

    VL - 52

    SP - 508

    EP - 530

    JO - Political Studies

    JF - Political Studies

    SN - 0032-3217

    IS - 2

    ER -