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Culture and Politics in Economic Development

1st Edition

By Volker Bornschier


316 pages

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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

About the Author

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)

About the Series

Routledge Frontiers of Political Economy

In recent years, there has been widespread criticism of mainstream economics. This has taken many forms, from methodological critiques of its excessive formalism, to concern about its failure to connect with many of the most pressing social issues. This series provides a forum for research which is developing alternative forms of economic analysis. Reclaiming the traditional 'political economy' title, it refrains from emphasising any single school of thought, but instead attempts to foster greater diversity within economics.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Development / Economic Development
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economics / General