Go to Statistics New Zealand homepage.
Contact us  |  Help



Framework for the Measure of Social Capital in New Zealand

For several years, social capital has been of interest in New Zealand. In particular, central and local government have recognised that an understanding of social capital may contribute to a broader analysis of policy options and issues. Relevant policy areas are varied - from education, health and justice, to industrial development, productivity and economic growth.

This document suggests a framework for the measurement of social capital in New Zealand.

Using an operational definition of social capital, the framework draws on the work of James Coleman, a Mäori concept, and the experience of overseas field researchers to propose four structural components. These relate to behaviours, attitudes and values, population groups, and organisations. Several indicators are suggested for each component along with possible ways of measuring these indicators.

This paper is intended to stimulate discussion and to inform understanding of the statistical components and measures of social capital in New Zealand.

R14.pdf (546Kb)

If you do not have the Adobe Acrobat Reader you may download the reader to view or print the contents of this file.

back to top

For enquiries and information requests

This page last modified on: 09 January 2002

top.
Contact Us   | Sitemap   | About this site   | Related sites   | Privacy   | Help