Making Democracy Work: Civic Traditions in Modern Italy.

  title={Making Democracy Work: Civic Traditions in Modern Italy.},
  author={Frederick D. Weil and Robert D. Putnam},
  journal={Contemporary Sociology},
  • F. Weil, R. Putnam
  • Published 1 May 1994
  • Political Science, Sociology
  • Contemporary Sociology
Harvard political scientist Robert Putnam is well known for his contention, first presented in an article entitled “Bowling Alone,” that civic engagement in contemporary America is in decline. The intellectual foundation for his argument was this book, Making Democracy Work, based on research done by Putnam and his associates, not in the United States but in Italy, contrasting the social and political structures of the country’s northern and southern regions. An examination of the mechanics of… 
Re-examining a modern classic: does Putnam's Making Democracy Work suffer from spuriousness?
What makes democratic institutions work efficiently? Robert Putnam argued in Making Democracy Work that a mixture of political participation and immersion in associative and social networks in the
The Real World of Civic Republicanism: Making Democracy Work in Poland and the Czech Republic
WITHIN THE BURGEONING FIELD OF TRANSITION STUDIES, some of the most influential analysts maintain that a consolidated democratic politics is possible only if properly organised around well-behaved
The Authoritarian Foundations of Civic Culture: Spain and Italy in Comparative Perspective
What is the connection between civic autonomy and political participation? This paper assesses three answers to this question: the left Tocquevillian argument suggesting that civic autonomy
The Interactive State: Democratisation from Above?
Drawing on recent empirical research on local practices in the Netherlands, a Dutch variant of top-down participatory arrangements – so-called ‘interactive policy-making’ is examined and it is concluded that an active state does not necessarily corrode civil society.
ANC Decline, Social Mobilization and Political Society: Understanding South Africa's Evolving Political Culture
This article examines the evolving political culture in contemporary South Africa. It draws on elite culture, neo-patrimonialism, and revisionist institutionalist perspectives to understand state
Contentious Pluralism: The Public Sphere and Democracy
What do peasants in eighteenth-century England, African Americans in Reconstruction-era Virginia, mothers in Nicaragua and Argentina, and contemporary transnational activists have to do with one
The Civic Culture at 50: Change, Continuity and Challenges in the Federal Republic of Germany
Much political science is ephemeral. Academic studies of government spawn countless fads and fashions that vanish in a time interval that varies somewhere between a scholarly conference and a
How the political elite view democracy in deeply divided countries : the case of Iraq
This thesis focuses on the role of agency during political transition processes in divided societies. To be more specific, it examines how the Iraqi political elites view democracy and what type of
The Politics of Italy: Governance In A Normal Country
This innovative text offers a completely fresh approach to Italian politics by placing it in its historical, institutional, social and international contexts. Students will get to grips with the
Political Participation in a New Democracy
Why, in a new African democracy, have citizens passed up opportunities for involvement in national political life? In explaining low levels of political participation in Zambia, this article tests