"Not since Max Weber has there been a sociologist who knows more about world history than Charles Tilly, and puts it to more lucid analytical use."
Julia Adams, Yale University
"Trust and Rule is a book of nearly unparalleled creativity. Tilly joins the complexities of vast literatures from disparate fields with the grace of a master craftsman, producing a work that is both elegant and useful. Though based in history, sociology and anthropology, Trust and Rule leaves us with powerful political lessons applicable to states from Iraq to Brazil. No one who reads this study will look at trust networks with the same eyes again. "
Nancy Bermeo, Princeton University
"A new Tilly is born, confronting trust with democracy and oppression, wandering from migrant Jews in the U.S. to Tocqueville's travel in Ireland, giving us his own remembrance while visiting an old Italian cemetery, jumping from Roberts the pirate to Provencal religious confraternities, and even to Bin Laden's network. A new and crucial subject is established through a wide range of empirical examples: how is trust crucially connected to democracy but much less vital in authoritarian regimes based on patronage, and how without trust may we witness a decay of democracy? "
Pierre Birnbaum, University of Paris
"[This book] is a sustained, highly integrated analysis of a concept that stands at the heart of current debates written by a major scholar able to draw on an astonishing range of historical examples. Further, the position proposed is original, notably in offering a relational rather than a dispositional view of trust." Canadian
Journal of Sociology Online
"This work offers a stimulating, demanding, and provocative argument on trust and forms of rule. It also reveal Charles Tilly as a fine storyteller."
Perspectives on Politics
People rely on networks of strong ties to other people for a wide range of risky long-term activities such as marrying, raising children, sustaining distinctive religions, and carrying on long-distance trade. What happens when those networks confront political regimes that could regulate them, destroy them, or seize their assets? Trust and Rule uses a wide range of historical and contemporary evidence to map and explain different sorts of encounters between networks and political authorities, including their implications for democracy.