Building social capital in the digital age of civic engagement

Lynn Mandarano, Mahbubur Meenar, Christopher Steins

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The use of digital technologies to enhance traditional public participation processes and to build a new form of a social capital- digital social capital-is being embraced in a range of planning practices. This article presents a discussion of how the digital age is influencing public participation and its implications for building social capital. The article highlights critical concerns to consider when embracing Internet tools for civic engagement and when evaluating such practices. The authors conclude with a call for scholarly research to assess the constraints and opportunities presented by this emergent trend and comparative studies to traditional modes of public participation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)123-135
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Planning Literature
Issue number2
StatePublished - May 2010
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Geography, Planning and Development


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