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“Bringing Putnam to the European Regions: On the (Ir)Relevance of Social Capital for Economic Growth”

Baumann, Steffen and Schneider, Gerald. (1999) “Bringing Putnam to the European Regions: On the (Ir)Relevance of Social Capital for Economic Growth”. In: UNSPECIFIED, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Unpublished)

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    One of the most influential contributions to the study of political culture of the 1990s is Robert D. Putnam’s book on the positive impact that interpersonal trust supposedly has on economic welfare and the effectiveness of political institutions in Italy. We evaluate this hypothesis in a wider sample of regions by analyzing quantitatively the role that political culture has on economic growth in the regions of the European Union. We first develop a neoclassical growth model and incorporate political culture variables into this framework. Our cross-sectional regression results cast strong doubts on the generalisability of Putnam’s bold claims. The analysis particularly shows that economic rather than cultural factors are the driving forces in the European regions.

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    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
    Subjects for non-EU documents: EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > economic and financial affairs > economic policy
    Other > integration theory (see also researching and writing the EU in this section)
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series and Periodicals: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Conference: European Union Studies Association (EUSA) > Biennial Conference > 1999 (6th), June 2-5, 1999
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 05 May 2006
    Page Range: p. 22
    Last Modified: 15 Feb 2011 17:21

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