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Cambridge Studies in Comparative Politics Trust and Rule

by Charles Tilly

Cambridge Studies in Comparative Politics Trust and Rule Synopsis

Rightly fearing that unscrupulous rulers would break them up, seize their resources, or submit them to damaging forms of intervention, strong networks of trust such as kinship groups, clandestine religious sects, and trade diasporas have historically insulated themselves from political control by a variety of strategies. Drawing on a vast range of comparisons over time and space, Trust and Rule, first published in 2005, asks and answers how and with what consequences members of trust networks have evaded, compromised with, or even sought connections with political regimes. Since different forms of integration between trust networks produce authoritarian, theocratic, and democratic regimes, the book provides an essential background to the explanation of democratization and de-democratization.

Cambridge Studies in Comparative Politics Trust and Rule Press Reviews

'Charles Tilly is a prolific writer and an authority in modern historical sociology ... Tilly's book does a good job of situating the dilemmas of trust and rule in a rich historical context.' Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding Not since Max Weber has there been a sociologist who knows more about world history than Charles Tilly, and puts it to more lucid analytical use. Julia Adams, Yale University Trust and Rule is a book of nearly unparalleled creativity. Tilly joins the complexities of vast literatures from disparate fields with the grace of a master craftsman, producing a work that is both elegant and useful. Though based in history, sociology and anthropology, Trust and Rule leaves us with powerful political lessons applicable to states from Iraq to Brazil. No one who reads this study will look at trust networks with the same eyes again. Nancy Bermeo, Princeton University A new Tilly is born, confronting trust with democracy and oppression, wandering from migrant Jews in the U.S. to Tocqueville's travel in Ireland, giving us his own remembrance while visiting an old Italian cemetery, jumping from Roberts the pirate to Provencal religious confraternities, and even to Bin Laden's network. A new and crucial subject is established through a wide range of empirical examples: how is trust crucially connected to democracy but much less vital in authoritarian regimes based on patronage, and how without trust may we witness a decay of democracy? Pierre Birnbaum, University of Paris [This book] is a sustained, highly integrated analysis of a concept that stands at the heart of current debates written by a major scholar able to draw on an astonishing range of historical examples. Further, the position proposed is original, notably in offering a relational rather than a dispositional view of trust. Canadian Journal of Sociology Online This work offers a stimulating, demanding, and provocative argument on trust and forms of rule. It also reveal Charles Tilly as a fine storyteller. Perspectives on Politics

Book Information

ISBN: 9780521855259
Publication date: 25th July 2005
Author: Charles Tilly
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 214 pages
Categories: Comparative politics,

About Charles Tilly

Charles Tilly is currently the Joseph L. Buttenwieser Professor of Social Science at Columbia University. He has also taught at the University of Delaware, Harvard University, the University of Toronto, the University of Michigan, and the New School for Social Research. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a fellow and former member of both the Midwest Council and the American Association for the Advancement of Arts and Sciences. Charles Tilly is the author of many books, including three recently published by Cambridge University Press: Contention and Democracy in ...

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