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Socio-cultural Cleavages in Europe

BODOR, ÁKOS and GRÜNHUT, ZOLTÁN and HORECZKI, RÉKA (2015): Socio-cultural Cleavages in Europe. Published in: Regional Statistics , Vol. 4, No. 2 (February 2015): pp. 106-125.

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Abstract

This paper investigates socio-cultural differences among European countries. The theoretical roots of our defined socio-cultural dimensions are elaborated in a multidisciplinary field. According to the considerable scientific literature, various socio-cultural aspects such as trust, tolerance, civic norms and social networks have a serious impact on the development potential of a country or a region. We empirically tested the characteristics of these socio-cultural aspects on the European Social Survey database. The main conclusion of the paper is that there is a definite socio-cultural cleavage between the northern/western and the Central and Eastern European countries.

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