9th Conference European Sociological Association

RN32 Political Sociology

2009-09-03 09:00:00 2009-09-03 10:30:00 Thursday, 3 September 09:00 - 10:30 Civil Society, Participation and Local Government Building I, 2E9

The policy of scale: social capital and local development in Portugal

This paper, which is a primary output of our research project, will focus the relationship between social capital, the third sector and the local development policies that are being carried out in the context of the European Union regional planning. It will look with particular emphasis the situation of Portugal, specially, the recent evolution of the third sector whose main activity is related with the development of local and communitarian projects. In the first part of the paper, we will build up a theoretical assessment involving these three dimensions, by using the most recent conceptual framework. Secondly, the paper will present a brief historical study about this kind of voluntary associations regarding its relationship with the public institutions and agencies. Thirdly, we will examine the impact of some regional and local policy programs by analysing its consequences in the national territory. In this section we will analyse different findings that are being collected by our research team. We also expect to present some statements collected throughout the interviews that are being conducted in our fieldwork. Finally, we intend to propose a multi-scalar perspective indispensable to understand the necessary articulation linking these three dimensions.