Francis Fukuyama's Trust.,
By A Customer
This review is from: Trust: The Social Virtues and the Creation of Prosperity (Paperback)
Fukuyama's Trust is a valuable piece of work offering an interesting insight into the civil-society school of thought. However, the new right implications of his analysis is worrying to a reader uncomfortable with the lack of paternalism of American political culture. Fukuyama expands upon theories as posited by others ranging from Weber to state-centered theorists such as Eric Nordlinger producing a piece of literature that expands upon contemporary explanations of modern economic and subsequently, political development. One flaw in Fukuyama's argument is that it is too reuductionist in its scope, considering only those examples which best fit his argument, while neglecting those variables which could do damage to his overall claims. Furthermore, Fukuyama is too harsh in explaining why certain groups are ultimately more successful than others, neglecting to consider various very real exigences certain communities face today. His approach in this regard would be very comfortable within the political camp headed by the Dan Quayles and Preston Mannings of our political world. Notwithstanding this criticism though, Trust proves to be an incredible read, allowing one to consider elements which for the most part have been overlooked in contemporary political study. It was very difficult to put down.
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