The Challenges of Sustained Development: The Role of Socio-Cultural Factors in East-Central Europe


"How wide is the gap between the new democracies of East-Central Europe and the most developed European nations? How can it be narrowed? The book is trying to address these issues in a comprehensive way, taking into account not only economical but socio-cultural and political aspects of development. The book presents a model of the major factors of developmental performance, their inter-relations and effects that are supposed to generate sustained societal development. They include cultural traditions, social capital, cognitive mobilization, quality of governance, entrepreneurial spirit, social cohesion and openness toward international environments. These factors are measured by many empirical indicators; the data are presented for the old and new members of the European Union as well as the other European nations." Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved


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