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Can Australian local government play a meaningful role in the development of social capital in disadvantaged rural communities?

Worthington, Andrew C. & Dollery, Brian E. (2000) Can Australian local government play a meaningful role in the development of social capital in disadvantaged rural communities? Australian Journal of Social Issues, 35(4), pp. 349-361.

Abstract

There is now widespread acceptance of the critical role social capital and its attendant dimension of a ‘sense of place’ can play in nurturing poor rural communities and in reversing the current trend towards growing regional economic and social disparities. Although state and federal governments can undoubtedly assist in the accumulation of social capital in poor rural communities, it has been persuasively argued that local communities themselves hold the key to the health of peripheral rural and provincial areas. The question thus arises as to whether local government can indeed foster the development of social capital given its present range of functions. This forms the subject matter of this paper.

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ID Code: 2645
Item Type: Journal Article
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Keywords: Local government, social capital, rural and regional communities
ISSN: 0157-6321
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > POLICY AND ADMINISTRATION (160500) > Public Policy (160510)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > POLITICAL SCIENCE (160600) > Australian Government and Politics (160601)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2000 Australian Council of Social Service
Copyright Statement: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Deposited On: 21 Nov 2005
Last Modified: 05 Jan 2011 23:25

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