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Elite social capital and the regional economy

Christopoulos, Dimitris

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Dimitris Christopoulos


© The Author(s) 2012. This article examines elite interaction and its potential to affect local development. A theoretical discussion sets the stage for a systematic exploration of the social capital of regional elites in a comparative study of 12 European Union regions. The working assumption is that elite social capital and trust between elite groups reflect on the regional development record. A survey of experts captures a number of proxy variables on elite social capital. In a cross-sectional study we observe an association between levels of gross domestic product and the propensity of elites to act in concert. Associations are also evident between concerted action and similarity in attitudes between regional elite actors.


Christopoulos, D. (2014). Elite social capital and the regional economy. European Urban and Regional Studies, 21(3), 272-285.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jan 1, 2014
Publicly Available Date Jun 6, 2019
Journal European Urban and Regional Studies
Print ISSN 0969-7764
Electronic ISSN 1461-7145
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Not Peer Reviewed
Volume 21
Issue 3
Pages 272-285
Keywords elite social capital, regional economy
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Additional Information Additional Information : Published online before print: September 5, 2012


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