TRUST: The Social Virtues and The Creation of Prosperity
Monday, 23 October 1995
Frits Bolkestein, leader of the Liberal Party (VVD) and author of Islam en de democratie, will introduce and interview Mr. Fukuyama and lead the discussion with the audience.
Francis Fukuyama (Chicago 1952), Rand Corporation analyst and former deputy director of the US State Department’s policy staff, started a worldwide debate when in 1989 he published an article which proclaimed the triumph of liberal democracy over all other ideologies and systems of government. “The end of history” became a well-known slogan.
In The End of History and the Last Man (1992) Fukuyama expanded on his theories: different countries were beginning to share increasingly similar political and economic institutions. The eternal worldwide conflict between competing forms of government and ideologies had been decided in favour of the free-market economy and the democratic system.
TRUST: The Social Virtues and the Creation of Prosperity (1995) explores the way in which countries that share similar economic systems (North America, Europe, Latin America and Asia) vary in their approaches to work, entrepeneurship, industrial organisation, and economic success. Why has capitalist East Asia grown as fast as it has over the past two generations? Fukuyama sees a clear connection between culture and economic performance.
TRUST will appear on the Dutch market in October 1995, simultaneously in a Dutch and English edition. The Book will be published in a Dutch translation by Uitgeverij Contact.
Source text: Newscard American Focus 1995
Fukuyama is best known for his book The End of History and the Last Man (1992), which argued that the worldwide spread of liberal democracies and free market capitalism of the West and its lifestyle may signal the end point of humanity’s sociocultural evolution and become the final form of human government. However, his subsequent book Trust: Social Virtues and Creation of Prosperity (1995) modified his earlier position to acknowledge that culture cannot be cleanly separated from economics. Fukuyama is also associated with the rise of the neoconservative movement, from which he has since distanced himself.
source text: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Francis_Fukuyama
Stanford University Profile and Information on Fukuyama
- Francis Levy: The End of History (huffingtonpost.com)
- “Nothing will change” (peakoil.com)
- The Present and Future of Global Unrest (zocalopublicsquare.org)
- Origins of Political Order: Francis Fukuyama and the Start of History (3quarksdaily.com)
- Interview: Fukuyama On Democratization In Eastern Europe (rferl.org)
- Francis Fukuyama goes back to the beginning (3quarksdaily.com)