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Social capital and political institutions' performance

Essential readings

Putnam, R. (1993). Making Democracy Work: Civic Traditions in Modern Italy

Why do some democratic governments succeed and others fail? In a book that has received attention...

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Acemoglu, D., Robinson, J. A., Torvik, R. (2013). Why Do Voters Dismantle Checks and Balances?

Voters often dismantle constitutional checks and balances on the executive. If such checks and...

Coffe, H., Geys, B. (2007). Participation in bridging and bonding associations and civic attitudes: evidence from the Flanders. Voluntas 18, 385-399.

Current scientific research and recent policy initiatives reveal an intense interest in the effect...

Davis, J. B., Christoforou, A. (2013). The Economics of Social Institutions. Edward Elgar.

The Economics Of Social Institutions Edited by John B. Davis, Professor of Economics, Marquette...

Finan, F. S., Schechter, L. (2011). Vote-Buying and Reciprocity. Econometrica, Forthcoming

While vote-buying is common, little is known about how politicians determine who to target. We...

Frijters, P. (2013). An Economic Theory of Greed, Love, Groups, and Networks. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

Why are people loyal? How do groups form and how do they create incentives for their members to...

Guiso, L. (2010). A trust-driven financial crisis. Implications for the future of financial markets. EUI Working paper ECO2010/07

Luigi Guiso (European University Institute) Abstract The financial crisis has brought to light...

Pavarina, P. (2011). Institutions, social capital and economic development in Latin America. European Regional Science Conference Paper No. 11p1531

Economic theory has proposed and discussed a lot of possible factors or explanations that promote...

Upcoming events


14th Conference of the European Sociological Association

Tue, 2019-08-20 - Fri, 2019-08-23


Ninth European Workshop on Applied Cultural Economics

Thu, 2019-09-05 - Sat, 2019-09-07