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What contributions might ideas of social capital make to policy implementation for reducing health inequalities?

Cropper, S.: 2002

This review considers whether and, if so, how the concept and theories of social capital might contribute to translation of policy on health inequalities into local practice. The idea of social capital is briefly introduced together with critiques. The paper goes on to assess the emerging evidence base in three areas where it might be of practical value in implementing health inequalities policy - research into social capital and health inequalities; research into social capital and community/neighbourhood governance; and research into ‘organisational' social capital. The paper concludes with some suggestions for policy, practice and further research.

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