Handbook of Social Capital and Regional Development
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Handbook of Social Capital and Regional Development

Edited by Hans Westlund and Johan P. Larsson

The role of social capital in regional development is a multifaceted topic which is studied all over the world using various methods and across numerous disciplines. It has long been evident that social capital is important for regional development, however, it is less clear how this works in practice. Do all types of social capital have the same effects and are different kinds of regions impacted in the same way? This book is the first to offer an overview of this rapidly expanding field of research and to thoroughly analyse the complex issue of social capital and regional development.
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Chapter 2: Social capital and networks in spatial economies

Börje Johansson


This chapter examines in which ways social and economic networks can be a part of social capital, and to what extent social capital can be understood as a resource for organizing economic networks. It is recognized that social capital is a spatial public good with geographic extension. This suggests that social capital is intangible and benefits certain groups of actors who are associated with spatial areas for which the social capital is present. The extension of social capital can be identified on a scale ranging from community culture to system-wide institutions. A major part of the analysis focuses on how economic and social networks differ in nature and motivation, observing that economic links often lack a public-good nature, for example by excluding competitors. There is also a comparison between the concepts of social capital and social infrastructure. The analysis suggests that future research should consider the following three areas: (1) social and societal capital; (2) exclusion, interaction and sharing; and (3) accessibility and agglomeration economies.

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