|VOLUME 7 (2005), ISSUE 12 (YEARLY)
TRUST, SOCIAL CAPITAL AND MORAL CAPITAL
JOSE ATILANO Pena-López AND JOSE MANUEL Sánchez-Santos
The objective of this article is to define the boundaries of the notion of social capital and to analyze its apparent identity with the existence of associative networks. As a starting point, authors make a deconstructive critique of the inconsistencies of the social capital concepts, proposing as an alternative the notion of moral capital or the generation of a social valorative consensus directly translatable to the generation of trust.
Secondly and with the intention of putting to the test the discussed role of the associative activity in the generation of social confidence, authors developed an empirical contrast of its determinants. The results verify the existence of a clear bond between the extension of horizontal associative networks and the generation of this form of capital.
Associationism - Social Capital - Moral Capital - Trust - Sympathy
José Atilano Pena López holds a Ph.D. in Economics and is Professor of Economic Policy at the Applied Economics Department of the University of A Coruña, Spain.
José Manuel Sánchez Santos holds a Ph.D. in Economics and is a Professor of Economic Policy and a Chairman of the Applied Economics Department at the University of A Coruña, Spain.
This article is a revised version of a paper presented at the Second International Conference of The Social Capital Foundation, Buggiba, Republic of Malta, 20-23 September 2005.
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