Social Capital, Lobbying and Community-Based Interest Groups
19 Pages Posted: 17 Dec 2011
Date Written: July 4, 2011
Recent discussions of social capital within the public choice literature have tended to focus on its role in solving collective action problems and promoting political accountability. Consequently, two areas of inquiry remain underexplored: (1) the role social capital plays in facilitating lobbying and rent seeking, and (2) the possibility that the availability of government resources can cause community-based groups to re-orient their stocks of social capital away from mutual assistance and toward lobbying and rent seeking. This article examines the relationship between social capital and lobbying in New Orleans’s post-Katrina recovery.
Keywords: Social capital, Lobbying, Rent seeking, Hurricane Katrina, Post-disaster recovery
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