Social capital is among its theoreticians and practical developers a rather complex issue. However, despite of its complexity we would like to draw your attention to this matter. To start with, we will give you one of the basic definitions from the classic research on people’s engagement in civic life. Robert D. Putnam (1995) defines social capital as ‘features of social organisation such as networks, norms, and social trust that facilitate coordination and cooperation for mutual benefit.’
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- Do you think that a conscious recognition of social capital and its different manifestations could be useful in promoting welfare in your community?
- Which forms of social capital do you find that your community is best equipped with; which forms are moderately equipped with; and which would need real changes and transformations to be achieved?
- Are there barriers in making social participation and direct democracy work qualitatively better and quantitatively enlarged?