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Scouting for Drivers of the European Knowledge Society: The Role of Social Participation

  • Daniele Vidoni
  • Massimiliano Mascherini
  • Anna Rita Manca
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 49)

Abstract

Knowledge is a relational good. The flow of interactions among the individuals of a group provide the necessary opportunities to share the existing knowledge and use it to further accumulate the (human) capital, which is the main productive input for the development of any knowledge economy. In this sense, the opportunities of social interaction are per se a resource and a dimension of knowledge. The analysis of individual civil participation in different kinds of civil formal organizations across Europe further confirms the existence of different European social models and hints to a possible positive parallelism between the effectiveness of economic policies and social policies aimed at fostering social participation.

Keywords

Knowledge Society Political Participation Social Capital 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Daniele Vidoni
    • 1
  • Massimiliano Mascherini
    • 2
  • Anna Rita Manca
    • 2
  1. 1.Italian National Institute for Educational EvaluationFrascatiItaly
  2. 2.European Commission – Joint Research CentreIspraItaly

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