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Democracies in Flux : The Evolution of Social Capital in Contemporary Society - Robert D. Putnam

Democracies in Flux

The Evolution of Social Capital in Contemporary Society

By: Robert D. Putnam (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 15th August 2002
ISBN: 9780195150896
Number Of Pages: 528

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In his national bestseller Bowling Alone, Robert Putnam illuminated the decline of social capital in the US. Now, in Democracies in Flux, Putnam brings together a group of leading scholars who broaden his findings as they examine the state of social capital in eight advanced democracies around the world.
The book is packed with many intriguing revelations. The contributors note, for instance, that waning participation in unions, churches, and political parties seems to be virtually universal, a troubling discovery as these forms of social capital are especially important for empowering less educated, less affluent portions of the population. Indeed, in general, the researchers found more social grouping among the affluent than among the working classes and they find evidence of a younger generation that is singularly uninterested in politics, distrustful both of politicians and of others, cynical about public affairs, and less inclined to participate in enduring social organizations. On the bright side, social capital appears as strong as ever in Sweden, where 40% of the adult population participate in "study circles"--small groups who meet weekly for educational discussions.
Offering a panoramic look at social capital around the world, this book makes an important contribution to our understanding of these phenomena.

"Putnam's thesis, about the virtue of connectiveness, gains here much additional depth. We see it in a comparative, cross-cultural perspective, with each study illuminating all others. A masterpiece of social science." -- Amitai Etzioni, author of The New Golden Rule
"A grand tour of our times--elegant, exciting and unsettling. Democracies in Flux maps the vitality of civil society in eight industrial nations. Their experiences--sometimes similar, often entirely different--add up to a vivid report on the health of democracy in a global era." -- James Morone,
author of The Democratic Wish and Hellfire Nation


"Putnam's thesis, about the virtue of connectiveness, gains here much additional depth. We see it in a comparative, cross-cultural perspective, with each study illuminating all others. A masterpiece of social science." -- Amitai Etzioni, author of The New Golden Rule
"A grand tour of our times--elegant, exciting and unsettling. Democracies in Flux maps the vitality of civil society in eight industrial nations. Their experiences--sometimes similar, often entirely different--add up to a vivid report on the health of democracy in a global era." -- James Morone,
author of The Democratic Wish and Hellfire Nation

"Putnam's thesis, about the virtue of connectiveness, gains here much additional depth. We see it in a comparative, cross-cultural perspective, with each study illuminating all others. A masterpiece of social science." -- Amitai Etzioni, author of The New Golden Rule
"A grand tour of our times--elegant, exciting and unsettling. Democracies in Flux maps the vitality of civil society in eight industrial nations. Their experiences--sometimes similar, often entirely different--add up to a vivid report on the health of democracy in a global era." -- James Morone, author of The Democratic Wish and Hellfire Nation


"Putnam's thesis, about the virtue of connectiveness, gains here much additional depth. We see it in a comparative, cross-cultural perspective, with each study illuminating all others. A masterpiece of social science." -- Amitai Etzioni, author of The New Golden Rule


"A grand tour of our times--elegant, exciting and unsettling. Democracies in Flux maps the vitality of civil society in eight industrial nations. Their experiences--sometimes similar, often entirely different--add up to a vivid report on the health of democracy in a global era." -- James Morone, author of The Democratic Wish and Hellfire Nation


Introductionp. 3
Great Britain: The Role of Government and the Distribution of Social Capitalp. 21
United States: Bridging the Privileged and the Marginalized?p. 59
United States: From Membership to Advocacyp. 103
France: Old and New Civic and Social Ties in Francep. 137
A Decline of Social Capital? The German Casep. 189
From Civil War to Civil Society: Social Capital in Spain from the 1930s to the 1990sp. 245
Sweden: Social Capital in the Social Democratic Statep. 289
Australia: Making the Lucky Countryp. 333
Broadening the Basis of Social Capital in Japanp. 359
Conclusionp. 393
Notesp. 417
Contributorsp. 493
Indexp. 497
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ISBN: 9780195150896
ISBN-10: 0195150899
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 528
Published: 15th August 2002
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.2 x 16.5  x 3.9
Weight (kg): 0.92