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The Search For Empowerment: Social Capital as Idea and Practice at the World Bank

Anthony Bebbington, Michael Woolcock, Scott Guggenheim, and Elizabeth Olson, editors
The Search For Empowerment: Social Capital as Idea and Practice at the World Bank
ISBN: 978-1-56549-215-8
$28.95
2006/301 pages/LC: 2006004695
A Kumarian Press Book

"Draws lessons form recent institutional changes at the bank to illustrate how a pro-poor agenda can be championed."—Jonathan Isham, Middlebury College

DESCRIPTION

Focusing on debates within the World Bank about the value of social capital concepts for the encouragement of more participatory and empowering forms of development, the contributors to this volume offer both an ethnography of a huge development organization and an insightful look at the nature of bureaucracy and organizational change.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Anthony Bebbington is professor in the School for Environment and Development at the University of Manchester. Michael Woolcock is senior social scientist in the Development Research Group of the World Bank. Scott Guggenheim is lead social development specialist in the Environmentally and Socially Sustainable Development Network of the World Bank. Elizabeth A. Olson is lecturer in geography at Lancaster University.

CONTENTS

  • Introduction—A. Bebbington, S. Guggenheim, and M. Woolcock.
  • FRAMING SOCIAL CAPITAL.
  • Social Capital: Implications for Development, Theory, Research and Policy Revisited—M. Woolcock and D. Narayan.
  • Scenes from a Marriage: World Bank Economists and Social Capital—J. Hammer and L. Pritchett.
  • Enthusiasts, Tacticians, and Skeptics: Social Capital and the Structures of Power—M. Edwards.
  • OPERATIONALIZING SOCIAL CAPITAL IDEAS.
  • Crises and Contradictions: Understanding the Origins of a Community Development Project in Indonesia—S. Guggenheim.
  • Social Capital and Indigenous Peoples Development Programs in Ecuador—J.E. Uquillas and M. Van Nieuwkoop.
  • Social Capital in the Operations and Impacts of Social Investment Funds—J. Van Domelen.
  • EVALUATING OPERATIONS THROUGH A SOCIAL CAPITAL LENS.
  • Lessons from World Bank Rural Development Projects in Mexico and the Philippines—J. Fox and J. Gershman.
  • Actors, Markets, and Power in a Multiagency Project in Bangladesh—D. Lewis and M.S. Siddiqi.
  • INTERPRETING SOCIAL CAPITAL DEBATES AT THE WORLD BANK.
  • Concepts: Their Contexts and Their Consequences—A. Bebbington, S. Guggenheim, and M. Woolcock.