Social capital as a policy resource

  • John D. Montgomery


Existing studies of social capital have provided ample evidence of its pervasiveness and offered useful impressions of its political, economic, and social influence. That it can be also a resource for the implementation of public policies is less well understood. This paper considers how leaders use it to accomplish objectives that are exogenous to the purposes of those that originally contributed to it. Since social capital is usually a by-product of group behavior, its existence should be observed as a separate feature of a group’s assets. It is most frequently observed indirectly through its influence on social systems and their policies, but it may also perform the reverse role by becoming an instrument of policy. This paper examines some of its uses in mobilizing public support through appeals to unrelated loyalties.


Social Capital Civil Society Policy Purpose Policy Resource Group Loyalty 
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  • John D. Montgomery
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  1. 1.Pacific Basin Research CenterSoka University of AmericaUSA

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