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The small projects fund and social capital formation in the Polish-German border region: an initial appraisal

Mirwaldt, Katja (2009) The small projects fund and social capital formation in the Polish-German border region: an initial appraisal. Regional Studies (68). pp. 259-272. ISSN 0034-3404

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    Abstract

    This paper examines the small projects fund, an EU funded initiative to promote good citizen relations across borders.The paper presents the fund as an attempt to foster 'social capital', that is social trust and citizen networks, in the Polish-German border region. The fund is examined in the light of seven conditions of social capital formation. In the Polish-German border region, the fund scores well on the first on the first four conditions that are related to the promotion of individual trust. It performs less well on the three conditions for scaling up individual trust to form social capital. However, it remains to be seen whether small project support can deliver improved citizen relations.

    Item type: Article
    ID code: 15718
    Keywords: border region, border studie, social capital, cross-border cooperation, Social Sciences (General), Political institutions (General), Environmental Science(all), Social Sciences(all)
    Subjects: Social Sciences > Social Sciences (General)
    Political Science > Political institutions (General)
    Department: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HaSS) > School of Government and Public Policy > European Policies Research Centre
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    Depositing user: Prof John Bachtler
    Date Deposited: 02 Mar 2010 12:14
    Last modified: 04 Sep 2014 23:22
    URI: http://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/id/eprint/15718

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