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Making Democracy Work Civic Traditions in Modern Italy

ISBN-10: 0691037388
ISBN-13: 9780691037387
Edition: 1994
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Book details

List price: $39.95
Copyright year: 1994
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 6/16/1994
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 280
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

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.

List of Figures
List of Tables
Preface
Introduction: Studying Institutional Performance
A Voyage of Inquiry
Charting the Voyage
Methods of Inquiry
Changing the Rules: Two Decades of Institutional Development
Creating Regional Government
The Regional Political Elite: "A New Way of Doing Politics"
The Deepening of Regional Autonomy
Putting Down Roots: The Region and its Constituents
Measuring Institutional Performance
Twelve Indicators of Institutional Performance
Coherence and Reliability of the Index of Institutional Performance
Institutional Performance and Constituency Evaluations
Explaining Institutional Performance
Socioeconomic Modernity
The Civic Community: Some Theoretical Speculations
The Civic Community: Testing the Theory
Social and Political Life in the Civic Community
Other Explanations for Institutional Success?
Tracing the Roots of the Civic Community
The Civic Legacies of Medieval Italy
Civic Traditions After Unification
Measuring the Durability of Civic Traditions
Economic Development and Civic Traditions
Social Capital and Institutional Success
Dilemmas of Collective Action
Social Capital, Trust, and Rotating Credit Associations
Norms of Reciprocity and Networks of Civic Engagement
History and Institutional Performance: Two Social Equilibria
Lessons from the Italian Regional Experiment
Appendix A: Research Methods
Appendix B: Statistical Evidence on Attitude Change among Regional Councilors
Appendix C: Institutional Performance (1978-1985)
Appendix D: Regional Abbreviations Used in Scattergrams
Appendix E: Local Government Performance (1982-1986) and Regional Government Performance (1978-1985)
Appendix F: Traditions of Civic Involvement (1860-1920)
Notes
Index

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