Democracy, Economic Wealth and Social Capital: Sorting Out the Causal Connections

@article{Rice2002DemocracyEW,
  title={Democracy, Economic Wealth and Social Capital: Sorting Out the Causal Connections},
  author={T. Rice and Jeffrey Ling},
  journal={Space and Polity},
  year={2002},
  volume={6},
  pages={307 - 325}
}
There is widespread agreement that democracy, economic wealth and culture are causally linked, but there is sharp disagreement about the degree to which each of the factors influences the others. We contend that a society's culture, in the form of social capital, remains largely unchanged for long periods of time and that it leaves an indelible mark on the society's politics and economics. Using the 1990 World Values Surveys (WVS), we develop national-level social capital scores for the… Expand
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