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Creating Social Trust in Post-Socialist Transition by János Kornai, Bo Rothstein, Susan Rose-Ackerman (eds.)

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New York: Russell Sage Foundation. UNDP. 2002. Human Development Report 2002. Bosnia and Herzegovina. New York: United Nation Development Program. 30 Bo Rothstein Uslaner, Eric M. 2002. The Moral Foundation of Trust. New York: Cambridge University Press. Whiteley, Paul F. 1999. The Origines of Social Capital. W. van Deth, M. Maraffi, K. ). Social Capital and European Democracy, pp. 25–45. London: Routledge. Wollebæck, Dag, Per Selle, and Håkon Lorentzen. 2001. Frivillig insats: Sosial integrasjon, demokrati og økonomi.

Why does the social trust produced by socialization differ so markedly between countries? The most important force in causal connection may not go from the sociological level (civil society—networks) to the political (the state and its institutions), but rather the reverse. It may be that a particular type of state institution produces individuals and organizations with high (or low) social trust. Now that the nearly organic view of the emergence of social capital triggered by Putnam’s work is shown to be less plausible, there is reason to think along different lines.

They are joined by the comprehensive and numerous political institutions whose mandate is to implement public policy, that is, the administrative side of the democratic machinery (cf. Rose-Ackerman 2001). The impact of these institutions on how democracy works and its legitimacy is often gravely underestimated (Lundquist 2000). These institutions are vital to the legitimacy of the political system for two reasons. First, their actions vis-à-vis citizens can often be of an exceedingly interventional nature and crucial to their welfare.

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