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 15: Research on social capital and regional development in China: what has been done so far and what should be done in future

Ailun Xiong and Yongjian Pu

Abstract

The relationship between economic factors and regional development in China has been extensively studied in the last two decades. Little attention has been paid to how social factors (for example social capital) are related to regional development. This chapter reviews 37 works of literature concerning social capital and regional development in China and has found several drawbacks in previous studies. The positive impact of social capital is not that obvious currently due to China’s cultural and institutional context.

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