Social Traps and the Problem of Trust / Edition 1

Social Traps and the Problem of Trust / Edition 1

by Bo Rothstein
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521612829

ISBN-13: 9780521612821

Pub. Date: 11/07/2005

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Bo Rothstein explores how social capital and social trust are generated and what governments can do about it. A 'social trap' is a situation where individuals, groups or organizations are unable to cooperate owing to mutual distrust and lack of social capital, even where cooperation would benefit all. Examples include civil strife, pervasive corruption, ethnic

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Bo Rothstein explores how social capital and social trust are generated and what governments can do about it. A 'social trap' is a situation where individuals, groups or organizations are unable to cooperate owing to mutual distrust and lack of social capital, even where cooperation would benefit all. Examples include civil strife, pervasive corruption, ethnic discrimination, depletion of natural resources and misuse of social insurance systems. Much has been written attempting to explain the problem, but rather less material is available on how to escape it.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521612821
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
11/07/2005
Series:
Theories of Institutional Design Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
260
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.59(d)

Table of Contents

1Reflections after a long day in Moscow1
2On the rational choice of culture28
3On the theory and practice of social capital43
4Social capital in the social democratic welfare state71
5How is social capital produced?92
6The problem of institutional credibility129
7Trust and collective memories148
8The transition from mistrust to trust167
9The conditions of trust and the capacity for dialog201

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