Community development network analysis examining obstacles to rural community development
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[ACCESS RESTRICTED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI AT AUTHOR'S REQUEST.] Rural community economic development efforts frequently face a myriad of conceivable obstacles, many of which stem from the intrinsic nature of rural areas themselves: low or declining population, high levels of poverty, and numerous institutional structures that must be considered. Land Grant University systems are in a unique position to offer guidance to communities who seek information and help in pursing development projects. Often, community development extension services work with existing not-for-profit community development groups already working in an area. This study examines how the traditional economic theory of collective action as well as bonding and bridging social capital theory influence the likelihood that a community development organization accomplishes its goals in a given region. In order to test these theories empirically, a social network analysis was conducted using secondary data obtained from the IRS. Results show that bonding and bridging social capital are associated with higher levels of fundraising, total budgets and assets in community development organizations.
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