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

  title={Democracy, Economic Wealth and Social Capital: Sorting Out the Causal Connections},
  author={Tom Rice and Jeffrey Ling},
  journal={Space and Polity},
  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… 

Social Capital and Government Performance in Iowa Communities

Putnam (1993) provides impressive evidence that the enduring geographic patterns of social capital in Italy influence regional government performance. His work has motivated other scholars to search


This paper uses data from the 1995 and 2000 World Values Survey to examine and compare the relationship between social capital, education and democratisation in Western and Eastern Europe. The

A Cross-Country Study of the Relationship between Weberian Bureaucracy and Government Performance

This paper challenges the long-term criticism of the efficiency of the Weberian model of bureaucracy, on the hypothesis that its performance or competitiveness might be context specific, as what

From Might to Mandate : Values in rulers' public speeches in Finland 1809-2000

This study looked at the values expressed in rulers’ (Czars and Presidents) public speeches in Finland from 1809-2000. During this time Finland underwent a transformation from a small, rural,

Journal of Religion & Society

Is there a distinctive Catholic vote? Opinions range from the view that Catholics are predisposed to the Democratic Party to the position that they are classic centrists indistinguishable from other

Antecedents of Shareholder Activism in Target Firms: Evidence from a Multi-Country Study

This study seeks to understand target firm specific antecedents of shareholder activism, and how the causal relationships vary depending on the governance environments in a multi-country setting,

Ancestral ties, civic structure and health in the United States

This study links three streams of literature to explore the relationship between countylevel European ancestry, civic structure and health outcomes. Research has shown that areas with high civic

The Capitalist State and Education

This article discusses the transforming capitalist welfare state and its education system, and focuses especially on the Nordic model of welfare state and education in Finland. It shows how

Constructing Illegitimacy? Cartels and Cartel Agreements in Finnish Business Media from Critical Discursive Perspective

During the last decade, any questionable or illegal behaviour on the part of businesses has received considerable attention in the media. Using a critical discursive perspective, we here investigate

Legitimacy and the Use of Natural Resources in Kruger National Park, South Africa

Globally, protected-area managers confront increasingly complex and competing interests and demands, expressed by a variety of parties. When an action concerning the governance and management of a



Capitalism, socialism, and democracy: An empirical inquiry

Abstract. Some prominent economists have argued that the structure of a nation's economic life – capitalist or socialist - helps to shape its political institutions. Though its importance seems

Social Capital and Government Performance in Iowa Communities

Putnam (1993) provides impressive evidence that the enduring geographic patterns of social capital in Italy influence regional government performance. His work has motivated other scholars to search

Does High Income Promote Democracy?

The authors construct a statistical model with which to test whether the regularity that democracy is more commonly found among wealthy countries stems from a democratizing effect of high income or

Social Capital and Democracy

Social capital is in danger of going the way of political culture—a potentially powerful concept that is given many different meanings by many different people for many different purposes. This

Some Social Requisites of Democracy: Economic Development and Political Legitimacy

  • S. Lipset
  • Sociology, Political Science
    American Political Science Review
  • 1959
The conditions associated with the existence and stability of democratic society have been a leading concern of political philosophy. In this paper the problem is attacked from a sociological and


The relationship between the level of economic development and the level of democracy found in most quantitative cross-national research implies that the largest gains in democracy are experienced by

Does Social Capital Have an Economic Payoff? A Cross-Country Investigation

This paper presents evidence that "social capital" matters for measurable economic performance, using indicators of trust and civic norms from the World Values Surveys for a sample of 29 market

On the Relation of Economic Development to Democratic Performance

The relationship between economic growth and democratic political development has been the subject of considerable study. While most analysts have argued that the latter is a positive function of the

World System Position, Dependency, and Democracy: The Cross-National Evidence

Semiperipheral and peripheral positions in the world system are thought to reduce a country's chances for political democracy, but this hypothesis has been neglected in empirical research. Arguments

Comment: The Political Relevance of Trust in Government

  • J. Citrin
  • Political Science
    American Political Science Review
  • 1974
“In God We Trust: Everyone Else Pays Cash.” America's political leaders should not pretend to godliness; no one will be fooled. According to prestigious biennial national surveys, the government's