1st Edition

Culture and Politics in Economic Development

ISBN 9780415459280
Published November 9, 2007 by Routledge
316 Pages

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Book Description

In this important book, pre-eminent economic sociologist Volker Bornschier analyzes growth and development in the Old and New Worlds - the so-called 'developed' countries. He shows how sociological and political factors have a massive impact on economic change in those countries.

The book is a significant contribution to the burgeoning literature on social capital, trust and democracy and will be of interest to those in the fields of economics, sociology, politics and development studies.

Table of Contents

1. Topics of Economic Sociology in this Book  Part 1: Why and To What Extent Do Cultural Resources Matter?  2. Trust and Growth  3. Trust and Technological Change: The Case of Internet Diffusion  4. Trust, Innovation and Entrepreneurship  Part 2: Democracy, Political Styles, Trust and Formal Education  5. Democracy's Indirect Role for Growth and Technological Change  6. The Double Dividend of Expanding Education for Development  7. Political Styles and the Production of Trust in Rich Democracies  Part 3: Beyond the Nation-State: Supra- and Transnational Links  8. Transnationals and Supranationals: The Elite Bargain towards European Union  9. Regional Integration and Economic Growth: The Case of the EU  10. The Political and Economic Logic of Integration: The Convergence Policies of the European Union  Part 4: Persisting Differences and Change in the Societal Model  11. The Persistence of Varieties of Capitalism in Rich Democracies  12. Transition toward the New Societal Model

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Volker Bornschier is Professor of Sociology at the University of Zurich. He is the author of a number of important books including The Global Political Economy (Sage, 1999) and State-Building in Europe (Cambridge University Press, 2000)