21 November 2011
No 31: Social Capital
This issue discusses the concept of Social Capital and its relevance to the societies of the South Caucasus. The author of the first article argues that in contrast to previous perceptions that Georgia is a country with high "bonding" social capital and low "bridging" social capital, in-group solidarity and out-group mistrust, there are in fact vibrant forms of bridging social capital in Georgia; the challenge is the institutionalization of these informal forms of social capital and the alignment of the civil society sector with population's existing priorities and habits. The second article focuses on the low level of social trust in Armenia and its effects on voting behavior and emigration, while the last article analyses social capital in Azerbaijan, with the author positing that there is a relatively high level of bonding social capital and correspondingly little bridging social capital in the country, which hinders the development of grass-roots democracy and decreases voter turnout in elections.
© 2011 Center for Security Studies (CSS), Heinrich Böll Foundation, Resource Security Institute (RSI), Forschungsstelle Osteuropa (FSOE)
Leslie Hough, Yevgenya Paturyan, Anar Valiyev
Lili Di Puppo, Iris Kempe, Matthias Neumann, Robert Orttung, Jeronim Perović