Social capital and household solid waste management policies: a case study in Mytilene, Greece

Jones, Nikoleta; Halvadakis, Constantinos P. and Sophoulis, Costas M. (2011). Social capital and household solid waste management policies: a case study in Mytilene, Greece. Environmental Politics, 20(2) pp. 264–283.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/09644016.2011.551032

Abstract

Four main components of social capital are identified: social trust, institutional trust, social networks and compliance with social norms. A theoretical analysis explores the links between these components and environmental behaviour and policy in order to lay the ground for an investigation of the influence of social capital on the implementation of environmental policy. The influence of social capital on citizens' behaviour connected with two solid waste management policies is investigated empirically by means of a survey. The findings indicate some differentiation regarding the influence of the components of social capital upon environmental behaviour in the context of different environmental policies.

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