Department     College of International Management
   Position   Professor
Language English
Publication Date 2016/04
Type Research paper
Peer Review Peer reviewed
Title Social Capital, Household Income and Community Development
in Bhutan: a Case Study of a Dairy Cooperative
Contribution Type Corresponding
Journal Development in Practice (Routledge)
Journal TypeAnother Country
Publisher Routledge (London)
Volume, Issue, Page 26(4),pp.467-480
Author and coauthor TENZIN Galey
Details Using a case of a dairy cooperative in Bhutan, this study investigates how social capital enhances individual household income and community development in rural areas. It also examines the influence of cooperatives in social capital formation. Firstly, this study finds that social capital facilitates households that are resource constrained by working together to reduce costs through economies of scale, enhancing information accessibility, building confidence and strengthening teamwork. It fosters not only an improvement in the livelihoods of cooperative members, but also provides a positive influence for non-members and the community as a whole. Secondly, this study reveals that cooperatives influence formation of three forms of bonding, bridging and linking social capitals.
DOI 10.1080/09614524.2016.1161731