KTH/CESIS Working Paper Series in Economics and Institutions of Innovation
Regional Economic Development, Social Capital and Governance: A Comparative Institutional Analysis France - Sweden
() and Philippe Rouchy
Abstract: The purpose of this paper is to consider how social
capital enhance or hamper regional economic development due to governance
systems. To answer this question, we take a comparative institutional
perspective between France and Sweden based on OECD regional outlook
indicators. It comprises 1- a comparison of both countries regional and
municipal governances; 2- a definition of social capital as a social
utility function of region or localities, i.e. their “social atmosphere”.
3- A comparison of the participation rate in interest groups in both
countries indicating a propensity to collaborate with institutions. The
result of the paper shows a differential intensity of participation to
interest groups between France and Sweden and an effect of local political
institutions on countries’ “social atmosphere”. In conclusion, we show
differential values between France and Sweden in terms of political ethics
supporting the formation of social capital. We suggest policy implication
to increase entrepreneurial solution in civil society.
Keywords: Comparative Institutional Analysis; Regional Development; Social Capital; Governance; Interest Groups; Public Choice; Cooperation; (follow links to similar papers)
JEL-Codes: A14; B25; D70; O17; P48; R11; R58; (follow links to similar papers)
41 pages, May 21, 2015
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