Regional Variations in Emergency Service Performance: Does Social Capital Matter?

Rhys Andrews, Paresh Wankhade

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The relationship between social capital and the performance of public organizations is currently at the top of the UK policy agenda and elsewhere. This paper examines whether social capital is associated with improved regional emergency service performance by exploring its relationship with the achievements of ambulance trusts in England. Drawing on a six year panel data set, ambulance response times are modelled using an index of social capital, incorporating measures of community organizational life, political efficacy and social trust, in the regions served by NHS ambulance trusts. Theoretical and practical implications are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2037-2052
JournalRegional Studies
Issue number12
Early online date3 Apr 2014
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2015


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