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political capital, community capitals, outside resources

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ExEx 16010


Political capital affects how decisions are made in the community and how outside resources are brought in. Both individuals and groups can possess political capital. Political capital is based on organizations, connections, voice, power, and the ability to influence the distribution of resources. Having political capital is having leverage to get things done. Political capital is created when access to power causes a change in resources. Political capital can affect the other capitals that exist in a community. Powerful government officials can make things happen—”it’s who you know, not what you know.” For instance, represenatatives and senators can bring projects and funding to your community through their places in the government power structure.


Updated April 2011