Social Policy and Society


Social Policy – A Help or a Hindrance to Social Capital?

Thilo Boeck a1 and Jennie Fleming a1
a1 Centre for Social Action De Montfort University UK E-mail:

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This paper considers work the authors have done with community projects to explore the meaning and usefulness of social capital. It sets out the model of social capital developed from this work, which has enabled the discussion and application of social capital to move from academia into local neighbourhoods and communities. It goes on to consider the relationship between social capital and social policy, and concludes that, whilst it is hard to ascertain whether social policy can directly develop social capital, it is however possible for policy to create environments which either allow for the enhancement of social capital, or harm it.