Creating Social Capital in Russia: The Novgorod Model

16 Pages Posted: 5 Nov 2011

Date Written: June 5, 2001


The Novgorod region of Russia displays high levels of economic performance, trust in government, and associational activity -- three common indicators of high levels of social capital. This paper traces the high level of social capital in the region to local government's efforts to promote an historical image of Novgorod as a vibrant mercantile democracy, and argues that local government policies have contributed to the rapid development of social capital in the region. The region's success shows that, even in the absence of a national consensus, local governments can do much to establish common social values and priorities for their communities.

Keywords: Russia, Novgorod, social capital, cultural capital, political myth, history, symbols

Suggested Citation

Petro, Nicolai N., Creating Social Capital in Russia: The Novgorod Model (June 5, 2001). World Development, Vol. 29, No. 2, p. 229, 2001, Available at SSRN:

Nicolai N. Petro (Contact Author)

University of Rhode Island ( email )

Political Science Department
Washburn Hall
Kingston, RI 02881
United States


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