A graduate student named Aracely Campa at Sac State has done a thesis in Public Policy and Administration called “The Bay Delta Conservation Plan: a mid-course evaluation measuring best practices in collaboration.” According to the abstract,
The main findings of the study demonstrated that key stakeholders are missing in the decision-making process. The data also indicated that the absence of key stakeholders increased the division between those actively at the table and those participating as “interested observers.” This has resulted in a decrease in social capital and a power imbalance among participants.
To save our readers a bit of trouble, we looked up “social capital.” Here’s one definition: Social capital refers to those stocks of social trust, norms and networks that people can draw upon to solve common problems.
Yep. We have a stock plunge here.