The paper presents a review of the main approaches in social capital conceptualization and measurement, as well as examines the legitimacy of the aggregated usage of trust, civic participation and informal communication as a measure of social capital. The analysis is based on “European Social Survey” (ESS-2010) in five contexts: Ukraine, Russia, post-communist countries – new EU member states, countries of EU-12 and Scandinavia. Confirmatory factor analysis is implemented.
Results suggest that traditional components of social capital are more likely to be separate parts and should be analyzed distinctly.
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