Making Democracy Work: Civic Traditions in Modern Italy / Edition 1

Making Democracy Work: Civic Traditions in Modern Italy / Edition 1

by Robert D. Putnam, Robert Leonardi, Raffaella Y. Nanetti
     
 

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

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Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691037387
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
05/27/1994
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
280
Sales rank:
666,846
Product dimensions:
6.09(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.69(d)

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Table of Contents

List of Figures
List of Tables
Preface
Ch. 1Introduction: Studying Institutional Performance3
A Voyage of Inquiry3
Charting the Voyage7
Methods of Inquiry12
Ch. 2Changing the Rules: Two Decades of Institutional Development17
Creating Regional Government18
The Regional Political Elite: "A New Way of Doing Politics"26
The Deepening of Regional Autonomy38
Putting Down Roots: The Region and its Constituents47
Ch. 3Measuring Institutional Performance63
Twelve Indicators of Institutional Performance65
Coherence and Reliability of the Index of Institutional Performance73
Institutional Performance and Constituency Evaluations76
Ch. 4Explaining Institutional Performance83
Socioeconomic Modernity83
The Civic Community: Some Theoretical Speculations86
The Civic Community: Testing the Theory91
Social and Political Life in the Civic Community99
Other Explanations for Institutional Success?116
Ch. 5Tracing the Roots of the Civic Community121
The Civic Legacies of Medieval Italy121
Civic Traditions After Unification137
Measuring the Durability of Civic Traditions148
Economic Development and Civic Traditions152
Ch. 6Social Capital and Institutional Success163
Dilemmas of Collective Action163
Social Capital, Trust, and Rotating Credit Associations167
Norms of Reciprocity and Networks of Civic Engagement171
History and Institutional Performance: Two Social Equilibria177
Lessons from the Italian Regional Experiment181
Appendix A: Research Methods187
Appendix B: Statistical Evidence on Attitude Change among Regional Councilors193
Appendix C: Institutional Performance (1978-1985)198
Appendix D: Regional Abbreviations Used in Scattergrams200
Appendix E: Local Government Performance (1982-1986) and Regional Government Performance (1978-1985)201
Appendix F: Traditions of Civic Involvement (1860-1920)205
Notes207
Index249

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