The Political Economy of Trust: Institutions, Interests, and Inter-Firm Cooperation in Italy and Germany

The Political Economy of Trust: Institutions, Interests, and Inter-Firm Cooperation in Italy and Germany

by Henry Farrell
ISBN-10:
052188649X
ISBN-13:
9780521886499
Pub. Date:
08/24/2009
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press

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Overview

The Political Economy of Trust: Institutions, Interests, and Inter-Firm Cooperation in Italy and Germany

Trust and cooperation are at the heart of the two most important approaches to comparative politics – rational choice and political culture. Yet we know little about trust’s relationship to political institutions. This book sets out a rationalist theory of how institutions – and in particular informal institutions - can affect trust without reducing it to fully determinate expectations. It then shows how this theory can be applied to comparative political economy, and in particular to explaining inter-firm cooperation in industrial districts, geographical areas of intense small firm collaboration. The book compares trust and cooperation in two prominent districts in the literature, one in Emilia Romagna, Italy, and the other in Baden-Württemberg, Germany. It also sets out and applies a theory of how national informal institutions may change as a result of changes in global markets, and shows how similar mechanisms may explain persistent distrust too among Sicilian Mafiosi.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521886499
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 08/24/2009
Series: Cambridge Studies in Comparative Politics Series
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments; 1. Introduction; 2. A theory of institutions and trust; 3. Varieties of capitalism and industrial districts; 4. Trust and institutions in industrial districts; 5. Accounting for change in informal institutions; 6. Informal institutions without trust: relations among Mafiosi in Sicily; 7. Conclusions; Bibliography; Index.

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