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The Great Danes: Cultural Values and Neoliberal Reforms

Scott Sumner

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June 24, 2010

The paper examines the relationship between civic values and neoliberal reforms. It shows that countries with more idealistic (or civic-minded) cultural attitudes also have more neoliberal economic policies. In addition, countries with more idealistic cultural values moved most rapidly toward market reforms after 1980. In less civic-minded cultures, rent-seeking special interest groups blocked reform, even as the superiority of the neoliberal economic model became increasingly apparent.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 40

Keywords: Neoliberalism, civic-minded, market reforms

JEL Classification: H1

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Date posted: June 25, 2010  

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Sumner, Scott, The Great Danes: Cultural Values and Neoliberal Reforms (June 24, 2010). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1629940 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1629940

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