Re-examining a modern classic: does Putnam's Making Democracy Work suffer from spuriousness?

@article{Barcel2014ReexaminingAM,
  title={Re-examining a modern classic: does Putnam's Making Democracy Work suffer from spuriousness?},
  author={Joan Barcel{\'o}},
  journal={Modern Italy},
  year={2014},
  volume={19},
  pages={457 - 471}
}
  • J. Barceló
  • Published 1 November 2014
  • Political Science
  • Modern Italy
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 community, conceptualised as ‘civic community’ or ‘social capital’, is the explanation. Ever since its publication, many questions have arisen about the validity of Putnam's theory. Among the most relevant concerns stands the influence of the Italian Communist Party on Putnam's empirical tests. This… 
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