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The ‘Bright’ Side of Social Capital: How ‘Bridging’ Makes Italian Provinces More Innovative

  • Riccardo CrescenziEmail author
  • Luisa Gagliardi
  • Marco Percoco
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Part of the Advances in Spatial Science book series (ADVSPATIAL)

Abstract

Existing studies have failed to reach a consensus on the impact of social capital on local innovative performance: some empirical analyses emphasize a positive effect while others speak about a ‘dark side’ of social capital. This chapter aims to shed new light on the differential role of ‘bonding’ and ‘bridging’ social capital in innovation dynamics. The spatial economic analysis of the innovative performance of the Italian provinces suggests that social capital is an important predictor of innovative performance. However, only ‘bridging’ social capital-based on weak ties-can be identified as a relevant driver of the process of innovation while ‘bonding’ social capital is shown to be non-significant for innovation.

Keywords

Innovation Social Capital Knowledge Transfer Regional Development 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Riccardo Crescenzi
    • 1
    Email author
  • Luisa Gagliardi
    • 1
  • Marco Percoco
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Geography and Environment & SERCLondon School of EconomicsLondonUK
  2. 2.Department of Policy Analysis and Public Management and CERTeTUniversità BocconiMilanItaly

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