Political Science - Theses, Dissertations, and other Required Graduate Degree Essays

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The importance of trust-building in transition: a look at social capital and democratization in Central and Eastern Europe

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2005
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This paper uses data from the 1995 and 2000 World Values Survey to examine and compare the relationship between social capital, education and democratisation in Western and Eastern Europe. The concept of social capital is measured using indicators of trust and membership in voluntary organizations, while the concept of democratisation is operationalized using indicators of democratic action. The research uncovers clear indicators showing that social capital is a factor in democratisation in Eastern Europe and that the existence of general social trust is a characteristic of the most successfbl transitions. The paper concludes that a trust-building mechanism based on reciprocity is indeed at work in the democratisation process and that social capital is an integral part of transition for the Eastern European states.

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Thesis
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Department of Political Science - Simon Fraser University
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Thesis (M.A.)

South-South cooperation : reasons, problems, strategies

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1989
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Thesis
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Theses (Dept. of Political Science) / Simon Fraser University
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Thesis (M.A.)

Japanese approach to international politics : the case of post-war intellectuals

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1992
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Thesis
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Theses (Dept. of Political Science) / Simon Fraser University
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Thesis (M.A.)

The role of the elite in political development : the case of Saudi Arabia

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Date created: 
1982
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Thesis
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Theses (Dept. of Political Science) / Simon Fraser University
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Thesis (M.A.)

China's politics of modernization

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Date created: 
1982
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Thesis
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Simon Fraser University. Theses (Dept. of Political Science)
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Thesis (M.A.)

ASEAN : the nature of a regional organization for development and stability

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1981
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Thesis
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Simon Fraser University. Theses (Dept. of Political Science)
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Thesis (M.A.)

Intellectuals and democratic development : the case of modern India

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Date created: 
1980
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Thesis
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Simon Fraser University. Theses (Dept. of Political Science)
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Thesis (M.A.)