On the (in)consistency of citizen and municipal level indicators of social capital and local government performance

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Abstract

We study the empirical consistency of survey based (micro level) indicators of social capital and local government performance on the one, and municipality based (aggregate level) measures of these two concepts on the other hand. Knowledge about the behavior of these indicators is helpful for evaluating the value of studies carried out in isolated contexts, that is, with access to data on either, but not both, levels. The method is by comparing data collected by Statistics Belgium on Flemish municipalities, to data collected at citizen level by means of a face-to-face survey. The available evidence supplies at best a meager basis for presupposing a shared component of the indicators under study
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)213-228
JournalSocial Indicators Research
Volume97
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2010

Keywords

  • policy
  • trust

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