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A Correlation Analysis of Civil Culture and Socioeconomic Development in Taiwan
Unformatted Document Text:  6 Only one dimension of political culture, the intensity of social communication, has the expected positive impact. Siegle, Weinstein & Halperin’ s (2004) research claims to show that democracies do a better job than nondemocracies of improving the welfare of the poor. In their paper, democracies are political systems characterized by popular participation, genuine competition for executive office, and institutional check on power. And development can also be measured by social indicators such as life expectancy, access to clean drinking water, literacy rates, agricultural yields, and the quality of public-health services. Poor democracies outperform authoritarian counties because their institutions enable power to be shared and because they encourage openness and adaptability. Methods Indicators Selecting This research uses the research of civic culture by Putuam (1993) and extends the analysis of Rice of & Arnett, and use regression analysis to examine the relation between civic culture and socioeconomic development of 1983, 1993 and 2003. To test for the relationship between civic culture and socioeconomic development, we need to find what indicators are appositely for analysis. After reviewing and collecting data, it is difficult to find indicators in Taiwan. The quantitative data is not sufficient to support complete analysis. We try to combine the statistical yearbook of Taipei and Kaohsiung, family income and expenditure report, and the census data of industry, commerce and service industry in Taiwan. After data collecting, we employ different indicators for our civic culture index. First, citizens need to interest in public issues and devotion to public cause. We use an index of the city voting rate, library number per capita and the percentage of the sample participants participated in one or more social-group activities. Second, for citizens are bound together by horizontal relations of reciprocity and cooperation. We use an index of the city of the percentage of women legislators, the Gini coefficient and the percentage of college and university student who are women. These three indicators need to assess two areas of gender equality: educational equality and political equality. Third, for citizens are helpful, respectful, and trustful toward one another. We use city crime rate, the percentage of people use law service industry. These two indicators

Authors: Wang, Ming-Shen. and Liu, Li-Chuan.
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Only one dimension of political culture, the intensity of social communication, has the
expected positive impact.
Siegle, Weinstein & Halperin’
s (2004) research claims to show that democracies do
a better job than nondemocracies of improving the welfare of the poor. In their paper,
democracies are political systems characterized by popular participation, genuine
competition for executive office, and institutional check on power. And development
can also be measured by social indicators such as life expectancy, access to clean
drinking water, literacy rates, agricultural yields, and the quality of public-health
services. Poor democracies outperform authoritarian counties because their institutions
enable power to be shared and because they encourage openness and adaptability.
Methods
Indicators Selecting
This research uses the research of civic culture by Putuam (1993) and extends the
analysis of Rice of & Arnett, and use regression analysis to examine the relation
between civic culture and socioeconomic development of 1983, 1993 and 2003. To test
for the relationship between civic culture and socioeconomic development, we need to
find what indicators are appositely for analysis. After reviewing and collecting data, it is
difficult to find indicators in Taiwan. The quantitative data is not sufficient to support
complete analysis. We try to combine the statistical yearbook of Taipei and Kaohsiung,
family income and expenditure report, and the census data of industry, commerce and
service industry in Taiwan.
After data collecting, we employ different indicators for our civic culture index.
First, citizens need to interest in public issues and devotion to public cause. We use an
index of the city voting rate, library number per capita and the percentage of the sample
participants participated in one or more social-group activities. Second, for citizens are
bound together by horizontal relations of reciprocity and cooperation. We use an index
of the city of the percentage of women legislators, the Gini coefficient and the
percentage of college and university student who are women. These three indicators
need to assess two areas of gender equality: educational equality and political equality.
Third, for citizens are helpful, respectful, and trustful toward one another. We use
city crime rate, the percentage of people use law service industry. These two indicators


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