Does Television Erode Social Capital? A Reply to Putnam

  title={Does Television Erode Social Capital? A Reply to Putnam},
  author={Pippa Norris},
  journal={PS: Political Science \& Politics},
  pages={474 - 480}
  • P. Norris
  • Published 1 September 1996
  • Political Science
  • PS: Political Science & Politics
During the past thirty-five years many commentators have expressed concern about declining support for the American political system, noting familiar evidence of the steady erosion in electoral turnout (Stanley and Niemi 1995, 78; Teixeira 1992), falling participation in political parties (Rosenstone and Hansen 1993), plummeting levels of political trust (Lipset and Schneider 1987), and weakening civic engagement (Putnam 1995a). Evidence for declining confidence in American government is well… 

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