Challenging orthodoxies of both the left and right, Fukuyama examines a wide range of national cultures in order to divine the underlying principles that foster social and economic prosperity. Insisting that we cannot divorce economic life from cultural life, he contends that in an era when social capital may be as important as physical capital, only those societies with a high degree of social trust will be able to create the flexible, large-scale business organizations that are needed to compete in the new global economy.
A brilliant study of the interconnectedness of economic life with cultural life, Trust is also an essential antidote to the increasing drift of American culture into extreme forms of individualism, which, if unchecked, will have dire consequences for the nation's economic health.
- ISBN-13: 9780684825250
- ISBN-10: 0684825252
- Publisher: Free Press
- Publish Date: June 1996
- Page Count: 480
- Dimensions: 9.36 x 6.22 x 1.19 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.21 pounds