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Municipal Support of Entrepreneurship and Business Development from an e-government Perspective
University West, Department of Economics and IT, Division of Media and Design. (LINA)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2118-2152
University West, Department of Economics and IT, Divison of Informatics. (LINA)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3914-3212
2015 (English)In: A Nordic Perspective on Co‐Operation for Sustainable Destination and Regional Development / [ed] Iréne Bernhard & Anna Karin Olsson, Uddevalla: University West , 2015, 44-58 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This article will contribute to the debate about regional development in peripheral areas by examining the social capital in 14 villages in a Danish municipality, and particularly the influence of social media on the social capital.Contrary to the current public discourse in Denmark on peripheral communities and how they are falling apart because of demographic changes, economic cut backs, and structural changes, this study did not find one single village, where the social capital seems to be in any imminent danger. The article also proposes a different perspective on the operationalization of social capital. Social capital is typically measured in big international values surveys based on the variables network, trust and reciprocity. However, this study is based on a qualitative research with interviews in 14 villages in a peripheral Danish municipality. This in depth research shows that when examining the social capital of communities, the most valuable parameter is to look at the most typical proxy for network: associations and in particular the character of these associations. They furthermore give an indication of the kind of social capital they are building and maintaining.The study also shows that we might have to extend the notion of network to include that of social media as this type of network gets increasingly more important. However, the study cannot conclude that the communities not using the social media have less social capital then the one who does, nor that they are disconnected from the citizens.

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Uddevalla: University West , 2015. 44-58 p.
Rapport Högskolan Väst, 2015:3
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Regional development, social capital and social media.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-8565OAI: diva2:862664
Available from: 2015-10-23 Created: 2015-10-23 Last updated: 2016-11-13Bibliographically approved

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