Social Traps and the Problem of Trust
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Social Traps and the Problem of Trust by Bo Rothstein
Book DescriptionA 'social trap' is a situation where individuals, groups or organisations 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. In this book, Bo Rothstein explores how social capital and social trust are generated and what governments can do about it. He argues that it is the existence of universal and impartial political institutions together with public policies which enhance social and economic equality that creates social capital. By introducing the theory of collective memory into the discussion, Rothstein makes an empirical and theoretical claim for how universal institutions can be established.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521848299
(228mm x 152mm x 19mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 6-Oct-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Bo Rothstein
Making Sense of Corruption, Hardback (February 2017)
This book provides a systematic analysis of how the understanding of corruption has evolved and pinpoints what constitutes corruption.
Quality of Government, Paperback (August 2011)
Provides a theoretical foundation for empirical analysis on the connection between the quality of government and important economic, political, and social outcomes. Focusing on the effects of government policies, this book argues that unpredictable actions constitute a severe impediment to economic growth and development.
Social Traps and the Problem of Trust, Paperback (October 2005)
This book focuses on the role of political institutions in explaining the variation in social trust and social capital among countries.
Creating Social Trust in Post-Socialist Transition, Hardback (July 2004)» View all books by Bo Rothstein
'Creating Social Trust in Post-Socialist Transition' considers the causes and effects of the lack of social trust in post-socialist countries.
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Author Biography - Bo Rothstein
Bo Rothstein is the August Rohss Chair in Political Science at the Goteborg University in Sweden. Among his publications in English are The Social Democratic State: The Swedish Model and The Bureaucratic Problems of Social Reforms (1996), Just Institutions Matters: The Moral and Political Logic of the Universal Welfare State (Cambridge, 1998), Restructuring the Welfare State (co-edited with Sven Steinmo, 2003) and Creating Social Trust in Post-Socialist Societies (co-edited with Janos Kornia and Susan Rose-Ackerman, 2004).
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