Social Capital and Lifelong Education in the European Union and Turkey
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Bahar BERBEROGLU

One of the determiners of the development levels among the countries is the social capital assets they own. Social capital is considered as a very significant infrastructure element in terms of achieving and maintaining the economic development. On the other hand, developments of a country’s social capital assets directly depend on the success of the country in lifelong education. In our study, European Union (EU) countries and Turkey were evaluated and compared in respect of social capital assets and lifelong education opportunities. We discovered by means of the variables we considered in our analysis that, Turkey is in a better position than many European countries in social capital. As a result of our k-means cluster analysis we observed that Turkey surpassed some important European Union members substantially. Also European Union members that have the best position in our analysis are the United Kingdom and Germany.

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