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Political Evolution and Institutional Change

Creating Social Trust in Post-Socialist Transition

Editors: Kornai, J., Rothstein, B., Rose-Ackerman, S. (Eds.)

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Beneficial social and economic exchange relies on a certain level of trust. But trust is a delicate matter, not least in the former socialist countries where illegitimate behaviour by governments made distrust a habit. The chapters in this volume analyze the causes and the effects of the lack of social trust in post-socialist countries. The contributions originated in the Collegium Budapest project on Honesty and Trust: Theory and Experience in the Light of the Post-Socialist Transition. A second volume entitled, Building a Trustworthy State in Post-Socialist Transition , is being published simultaneously.

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GABRIEL BADESCU Associate Professor of Political Science at the Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania ILDIKÓ BARNA Research Assistant at Eötvös Loránd University, Hungary KAREN S. COOK Ray Lyman Wilbur Professor of Sociology and the Cognizant Dean of the Social Sciences at Stanford University, California, USA GYÖRGY CSEPELIÖ Professor of Sociology at the Eötvös University, Hungary ALEXANDRA GERBASI Ph.D candidate at Stanford University, California, USA ALENA V. LEDENEVA Reader in Russian Politics and Society, University College, London, UK ANTAL ÖRKÉNY Professor of Sociology at the Eötvös Loránd University, Hungary KATHARINA PISTOR Associate Professor of law at Columbia Law School, New York, USA VADIM RADAEV Professor of the Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia ERIC R. W. RICE Sociologist at the University of California, Los Angeles, USA MARTIN RAISER Director for Country Strategy and Analysis at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), London, UK ALAN ROUSSO Senior Political Counsellor at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), London, UK FRANKLIN STEIN Political Analyst at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), London, UK MÁRIA SZÉKELYI Professor of sociology at the Institute of Sociology of Eötvös Loránd University, Hungary ERIC M. USLANER Professor of Government at Politics at the University of Maryland, College Park, USA FEDERICO VARESE University Lecturer in Criminology at the University of Oxford, UK VADIM VOLKOV Chair of the Sociology Department of the High School of Economics, St. Petersburg Branch, Russia CHRISTOPHER WOODRUFF Associate Professor of Economics at the Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific States at University of California, USA CHENGGANG XU Lecturer (tenured in 1998) in the Department of Economics, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK

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"This volume takes its readers on a fascinating journey through the murky marshlands of post-socialist transition. It provides a wealth of new empirical insights, and a set of challenging new theoretical approaches. On completion of the journey, we have learned a great deal not only about post-socialism. Even more importantly, we come away with a richer understanding of the fundamental problems that are involved in building social capital and social trust. For policy makers and scholars alike, this should be required reading." - Stefan Hedlund, Professor of East European Studies, Uppsala University

"This fine and powerful volume is a major contribution to the study of the non-economic sources of economic order. It brings together distinguished scholars from several disciplines to discuss from various viewpoints the question of the role played by social trust in the emergence of efficient economic institutions, sources of honesty and trust, and the relationship between institution building and the evolution of social trust. Based on original and innovative study of the different aspects of the Post-Socialist transformation, it offers new ways of thinking about these issues and it presents a timely and thought provoking overview of the problems of creating social trust in the process of encompassing political and economic change." - Laszlo Bruszt, Central European University and European University Institute

"An important interdisciplinary and international contribution to the understanding of post-socialist societies, which at the same time throws new light on some more general theoretical issues vividly debated in contemporary social science. In a creative fashion it joins the perspectives of the committed insiders, scholars from the former socialist countries, and informed outsiders studying the region from an intellectual and emotional distance. The volume successfully combines theoretical reflection with rich empirical evidence and background knowledge of the area. It is addressed both to the specialists in the field of democratic transitions, and all those for whom the post-socialist societies provide a strategic research site for the study of soft cultural factors of social life - trust, honesty, truthfulness, loyalty, solidarity and the like." - Piotr Sztompka, President, International Sociological Association (ISA)

"This is a wonderful collection in which the authors advance concepts by insightful analysis of rich empirical materials. Comparisons across country cases abound - within and among the chapters. Delightfully, some of the findings are surprising. Enjoyably, the contributors don't always agree with each other. There is a lively debate here that will be of interest not only to those studying transforming economies but to economic sociologists more generally." - David Stark, Arthur Lehman Professor of Sociology & International Affairs, Columbia University, and External Faculty Member, the Santa Fe Institute


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Table of contents (12 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Creating Social Trust in Post-Socialist Transition
Editors
  • J. Kornai
  • B. Rothstein
  • S. Rose-Ackerman
Series Title
Political Evolution and Institutional Change
Copyright
2004
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc.
eBook ISBN
978-1-4039-8066-3
DOI
10.1057/9781403980663
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4039-6449-6
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-52814-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIX, 252
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