Generalized vs. Particularized Social Capital: Social Capital and Local Self-Governance in Urban China

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Jie Chen

University of Idaho

Narisong Huhe

Old Dominion University

Date Written: 2009

Abstract

Scholars of social capital are still exploring and debating which type of social capital plays what kind of role in shaping economic development and government performance in different economic and political systems at various levels. To contribute to this important exploration and debate, this paper examines the impacts of two types of social capital — generalized and particularized — on the performance of grassroots self-government institutions in urban China based on an original survey of 144 urban neighborhood communities in China’s three major cities. The findings indicate that the generalized social capital embodied in the indiscriminative trust and inclusive social networks positively affected the performance of the self-government institutions, while the particularized social capital as manifested in discriminative trust and exclusive social networks negatively impacted such performance. These findings help clarify some theoretical issues and shed some light on the prospects of the local self-government system in China.

Suggested Citation

Chen, Jie and Huhe, Narisong, Generalized vs. Particularized Social Capital: Social Capital and Local Self-Governance in Urban China (2009). American Political Science Association 2009 Annual Meeting, 2009, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2230926 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2230926

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Narisong Huhe

Old Dominion University ( email )

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