Tristan Claridge

Tristan Claridge has a passion for technology, innovation and teaching. He is an academic and entrepreneur, and he uses his cross-discipline knowledge and experience to solve problems and identify opportunities. He has bachelors and masters degrees from the University of Queensland in Australia. He has qualifications in environmental science, social theory, teaching and research, and business management. Tristan is dedicated to the application of social capital theory to organisations. His diverse experience in teaching, research, and business has given him a unique perspective on organisational social capital and the potential improvements that can be achieved in any organisation.

We have launched the International Social Capital Association (ISCA)

For the last few years, our Social Capital Research community has existed alongside and with the support of a consulting and training business with the same name (owned and operated by me – Tristan Claridge). Now, we are separating the community to form an independent, member-based, democratically governed, non-profit association called the International Social Capital Association …

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Economics Imperialism and Social Capital Relationship between social capital and economics

During the 1990s, national governments and international agencies such as the World Bank, OECD, and UNDP discovered social capital, heralding it as the ‘missing link’ in explaining development outcomes and an important factor to build and utilise for improved program performance (Harriss, 2002). This was primarily driven by the World Bank, motivated by mounting criticism …

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Evolution of the concept of social capital

The term ‘social capital’ was virtually unknown until the 1990s, since which time it has rapidly increased in popularity and spread throughout academia and beyond to become a familiar term in community development, business, and politics, and is even entering popular language. The terms ‘social capital’ was used as early as 1900 Usage of the …

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The European Social Model and an Economy of Well-being – Book Review

The European Social Model and an Economy of Well-being: Repairing the Social Fabric of European Societies New Horizons in Social Policy series Hardcover: 264 pages Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing Year: 2021 Language: English Edited by Giovanni Bertin, Professor of Comparative Welfare States, Department of Economics, Ca’Foscari University of Venice, Italy Marion Ellison, Professor of European …

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The “wicked problems” of social capital theory

Over the last 20 years of researching and applying the concept of social capital I have constantly navigated certain “problems” with the concept. There are several nagging tensions and incongruences associated with the concept that are typically ignored but are impossible to escape and, it seems, to resolve. Critics are quick to point to these …

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Informal Sanctions

“No human societies exist without social norms, that is, without normative standards of behavior that are enforced by informal social sanctions.” (Fehr & Fischbacher, 2004: p63) Informal sanctions are actions in response to someone’s behaviour that may serve to discourage nonconformity or encourage conformity to a norm, rule, or law. As such, a sanction can …

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