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Cultural Warfare and Trust: Fighting the Mafia in Palermo

Carina Gunnarson


This book concentrates on a central issue in research on democratic processes: the development of generalised trust. The existence of generalised trust and confidence in a society is decisive for economic development and an effective democracy. Is it possible to fight persistent values of distrust and non-cooperation? Is it possible to support the development of generalised trust through public action and education? The book addresses these questions by examining political efforts to combat Palermo's Mafia-controlled heritage and to turn a tradition of non-cooperation and distrust into coopera ... More

Keywords: democracy, generalised trust, economic development, distrust, non-cooperation, public action, civic education, Palermo, Mafia, social capital

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780719076725
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719076725.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Carina Gunnarson, author