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Legal Origin and Social Solidarity: The Continued Relevance of Durkheim to Comparative Institutional Analysis

Johnson, Phil and Brookes, Michael and Wood, Geoffrey and Brewster, Chris (2017) 'Legal Origin and Social Solidarity: The Continued Relevance of Durkheim to Comparative Institutional Analysis.' Sociology, 51 (3). 646 - 665. ISSN 0038-0385

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Abstract

By using the classic works of Durkheim as a theoretical platform, this research explores the relationship between legal systems and social solidarity. We found that certain types of civil law system, most notably those of Scandinavia, are associated with higher levels of social capital and better welfare state provision. However, we found the relationship between legal system and societal outcomes is considerably more complex than suggested by currently fashionable economistic legal origin approaches, and more in line with the later writings of Durkheim, and, indeed, the literature on comparative capitalisms. Relative communitarianism was strongly affected by relative development, reflecting the complex relationship between institutions, state capabilities and informal social ties and networks.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Durkheim, institutions, legal origin, neoliberalism, social solidarity, societal development
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
K Law > K Law (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Essex Business School
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 12 Nov 2015 10:15
Last Modified: 21 Sep 2018 15:15
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/15423

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