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Special Issue "Social Capital and Sustainability: Spatial Evidence"
A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Economic and Business Aspects of Sustainability".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 March 2023) | Viewed by 8062
Special Issue Editor
Interests: social capital; institutions; trust; wellbeing; governance; regional development
Special Issue Information
The role of social capital as a critical determinant of sustainable developmental paradigms is widely acknowledged. Similarly, the multiple representations of the social capital phenomenon are common ground, following a large body of research that illustrates the socio-cultural embeddedness and consequently the cultural uniqueness of social capital. Both these realizations have triggered research towards identifying the reasons why countries are differentiated in terms of their stock of social capital and its linkages to growth mechanisms (e.g., entrepreneurial activity) and citizen welfare institutions (e.g., democracy, health, education, safety, etc.). The spatial dimension of the social capital phenomenon is rarely analysed. Existing research either assumes a more disaggregated level of analysis, so that regional fluctuations in growth rates might be easier to identify and explain, for example, or assumes the existence of specific modes of organization and expression that are typical of small, usually isolated communities that struggle to cope with various socio-economic, political, and geomorphological disadvantages. Thus, it is most often the case that available research implicitly assumes regions to be the mere interface between national (macro) structures and the individual (micro structures). However, territories are not only a dimension that might be accounted for with appropriate data disaggregation. The regional level might well constitute “a meso level of the dynamic interplay” between macro- and micro-factors. This interplay shapes drastically the content of social capital as formed and exploited by actors at the regional level.
This Special Issue is intended to examine this interplay in order to provide deeper insights on the spatial dynamics of social capital as a sustainability mechanism. To that extent, the aim of this Special Issue is to generate new knowledge and insights as regards the spatial manifestations and effects of social capital in both urban and regional environments. The Guest Editor welcomes papers on all aspects related to the topic and invites all types of contributions, i.e., comprehensive reviews, case studies, or research articles.
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Irene Daskalopoulou
Manuscript Submission Information
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- Social capital
- Territorial identities
- Urban/rural empowerment
- Regional administration
- Sustainable development