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As I promised, here is the post on Ben Fine’s new book “Theories of Social Capital: Researchers behaving badly” (RBB). The reason for this slight digression from the theme of my posts on public value is that one issue I have identified in papers by Schuler and others, is an uncritical adoption of the term ‘social capital’. However this term has been addressed in great detail from the perspective of social theory and political economy through the work Fine has carried out over the last decade. The other authors who also appear to accept the term uncritically are Wilkinson and Pickett in “The Spirit Level: why equality is better for everyone” and as their findings and analysis help frame a number of arguments I will be making here, in the final post of this series, I felt that it was necessary to introduce Fine’s work first and then explore what this means for the discussion on public value in my final post. (more…)

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