Making Democracy Work: Civic Traditions in Modern Italy (Google eBook)

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Princeton University Press, May 27, 1994 - Political Science - 280 pages
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Why do some democratic governments succeed and others fail? In a book that has received attention from policymakers and civic activists in America and around the world, Robert Putnam and his collaborators offer empirical evidence for the importance of "civic community" in developing successful institutions. Their focus is on a unique experiment begun in 1970 when Italy created new governments for each of its regions. After spending two decades analyzing the efficacy of these governments in such fields as agriculture, housing, and health services, they reveal patterns of associationism, trust, and cooperation that facilitate good governance and economic prosperity.

  

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Review: Making Democracy Work: Civic Traditions in Modern Italy

User Review  - Gede Budi Suprayoga - Goodreads

A reference book at a lecture when I was taking my undergraduate study..... I am stil wondering why this book can be so important in a City Planning Program. But soon, I realize that the book gives ... Read full review

Review: Making Democracy Work: Civic Traditions in Modern Italy

User Review  - Jen - Goodreads

One of the most compelling books on civil society theory EVAH!!! Read full review

Contents

Introduction Studying Institutional Performance
3
Changing the Rules Two Decades of Institutional Development
17
Measuring Institutional Performance
63
Explaining Institutional Performance
83
Tracing the Roots of the Civic Community
121
Social Capital and Institutional Success
163
Research Methods
187
Statistical Evidence on Attitude Change among Regional Councilors
193
Institutional Performance 19781985
198
Regional Abbreviations Used in Scattergrams
200
Local Government Performance 19821986 and Regional Government Performance 19781985
201
Traditions of Civic Involvement 18601920
205
Notes
207
Index
249
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