This book sets out unique findings on whether social capital
influences health and health inequalities in European welfare
states. Drawing on cross-national data from the European Social
Survey (ESS) as well as Swedish national survey data and registers,
the book develops a new theoretical definition of social capital
that guides the books empirical studies. The findings suggest that
welfare state generosity is a decisive factor for social capital
and that social capital is of significance for health inequalities
both between and within European welfare states. The book also
discusses the potential dark sides of social capital and examines
evidence of circumstances in which social capital has negative
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