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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, Slovenia.

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, Slovenia
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 environment.

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

248 pages
ISBN 978-963-9241-96-1 cloth out of print
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