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Social Capital: Explaining Its Origins and Effects on Government Performance

Carles Boix and Daniel N. Posner

British Journal of Political Science, 1998, vol. 28, issue 4, 686-693

Abstract: With the rise of analytical or positive approaches to the study of politics over the last three decades, the collective action problem has emerged as one of the central concepts in political science. The concept's widespread acceptance as a descriptive and diagnostic tool, however, cannot obscure the fact that its predictions do not always hold. Co-operation sometimes does take place in contexts where, according to the theory, actors should have little incentive to engage in it.

Date: 1998
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