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Crisis and Social Capital in Greece: A Comparative Study Between Rural and Urban Communities

  • Anna Tokalaki
  • Anastasios MichailidisEmail author
  • Maria Partalidou
  • Georgios Theodossiou
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Part of the Contributions to Economics book series (CE)

Abstract

Greece is facing a severe economic crisis that has also been perceived as a crisis of human values, ideology and on parallel a crisis of trust in people and institutions. The role of trust (both individual and institutional) has been highlighted within the social capital literature as a factor of growth and prosperity of societies; especially in terms of adaptability to volatile conditions where the need for cooperation in order to achieve common goals is of great importance. At the same time, much has been written about the existence of higher levels of social capital in closed societies such as rural ones when compared to urban. The main aim of this paper is to investigate the relation of trust and solidarity, between urban and rural areas in Northern Greece, using empirical research to a large sample of 503 residents. Research results lead to the segmentation need of the population into three distinct clusters with respect to different levels of social capital within different rural–urban context. The main policy implication would be whether the increase in social capital could be a tool for “survival” in the current economic crisis in Greece and at the European level.

Keywords

Community Crisis Rural Social capital Trust Urban 

JEL Classification Codes

C38 131 138 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Anna Tokalaki
    • 1
  • Anastasios Michailidis
    • 1
    Email author
  • Maria Partalidou
    • 1
  • Georgios Theodossiou
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Agricultural EconomicsAristotle University of ThessalonikiThessalonikiGreece
  2. 2.Department of Business AdministrationTechnological Educational Institute of LarissaLarissaGreece

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