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Trust and Transitions

Social Capital in a Changing World

Editor(s): Joseph D. Lewandowski and Milan Znoj
Contributors: Milan Znoj;

Book Description

Employing a range of empirical and theoretical approaches, contributors to this volume examine the nature and function of trust from within the framework of social capital theory. The empirically oriented chapters focus on post-Communist countries, including Serbia and Montenegro, Romania and, especially, the Czech Republic. Indeed, the collection contains an entire section devoted to analyzing trust and transition in the wake of the “velvet revolution.” The theoretical chapters engage the work of Tocqueville, Putnam, and Uslaner, among others, as they seek to clarify and rethink what in fact trust is, where trust originates, the causal relevance of trust for successful marketization and democratization, and the extent to which existing conceptions of social capital can be adequately deployed in diverse contexts.

With contributions from noted American and Central European political scientists, sociologists, and philosophers, this book presents an illuminating set of contemporary perspectives on the complex role of trust in times of transition.


ISBN-13: 978-1-8471-8905-9
ISBN-10: 1-84718-905-9
Date of Publication: 01/10/2008
Pages / Size: 340 / A5
Price: £39.99


Joseph D. Lewandowski is a former US Fulbright Scholar in the Department of Political Science at Charles University and professor of philosophy at the University of Central Missouri. He is the author of Interpreting Culture: Rethinking Method and Truth in Social Theory (University of Nebraska Press), as well as articles on social capital and political theory that have appeared in the Journal of Poverty, Journal of Social Philosophy, and European Journal of Social Theory.

Milan Znoj is professor and chair of the Department of Political Science at Charles University and a researcher in the Institute of Philosophy at the Czech Academy of Sciences. He is the editor of Josef Lux a česká politika 90. let (Josef Lux and Czech Politics in the 1990s), as well as the author of numerous books and articles on political theory, liberalism, and civil society.


ISBN-13: 978-1-4438-0995-5
ISBN-10: 1-4438-0995-0
Date of Publication: 01/07/2009
Pages / Size: 342 / A5
Price: £19.99