THE CHALLENGES OF SUSTAINED DEVELOPMENT
The Role of Socio-Cultural Factors in East-Central Europe
All four authors teach and do research work at the
Faculty of Social Sciences at University of Ljubljana,
Frane Adam is Associate Professor of Sociology
and Head of the Centre of Theoretical Sociology at the
Faculy of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana
Matej Makarovic Assistant Professor of Sociology
at the Faculy of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana
Borut Roncevic is Assistant Professor of Sociology
at the School of Business and Management in Novo Mesto,
Matevz Tomsic is Assistant Professor of Sociology
and Research Fellow at the Faculty of Social Sciences,
University of Ljubljana
How wide is the gap between the new democracies of
Central and Eastern Europe and the most developed nations?
How can it be narrowed?
This book addresses these questions in a comprehensive
way. It delves into the inter-relations between the
major factors of developmental performance and looks
at their effects on sustained societal development.
A vast amount of statistical data on social and economic
factors in selected European countries is grouped into
31 easy-to-handle tables and analyzed along the following
constructs: civilizational competence; social capital;
cognitive mobilization; quality of governance; entrepreneurial
spirit; social cohesion; and openness to the international
The analysis, based on theories and indicators of development,
reveals that, in spite of the progress since the fall
of Communism, countries in Central and Eastern Europe
still fall short of having been transformed into propulsive,
"vibrant" societies, with intellectually open-minded,
socially and technologically innovative environments
1. Introduction The Point of Departure 2.
Civilisational Competence 3. Social Capital 4.
Cognitive Mobilisation 5. Quality of Governance
6. Entrepreneurial Spirit 7. Social Cohesion
8. The Openness of Societies towards their International
Environments 9. Conclusion; References; Databases
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