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Making Democracy Work: Civic Traditions in Modern Italy [Paperback]

Item : Making Democracy Work: Civic Traditions in Modern Italy [Paperback]
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Author Author : Putnam, Robert D., Leonardi, Robert, Nanetti, Raffaella Y.
ISBN-10 ISBN-10 : 0691037388
ISBN-13 ISBN-13 : 9780691037387
Publisher Publisher : Princeton University Press
Pages Pages : 280
Binding Binding : Paperback
Item ID : 100090587

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.

"Winner of the 1994 Charles H. Levine Memorial Book Prize""Winner of the 1994 Gregory Luebbert Award""Winner of the 1993 Louis Brownlow Book Award, National Academy of Public Administration""Honorable Mention for the 1993 Award for Best Professional/Scholarly Book in Government and Political Science, Association of American Publishers"Robert D. Putnamis Dillon Professor of International Affairs and Director of the Center for International Affairs at Harvard University. His many books includeHanging Together: The Seven-Power Summits(Harvard).Robert Leonardiis Jean Monnet Lecturer in European Community Politics at the London School of Economics, andRaffaella Y. Nanettiis Professor of Urban Planning and Policy Analysis at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Seminal, epochal, path-breaking: All those overworked words apply to a book that, to make the point brazenly, is aDemocracy in Americafor our times. ---David L. Kirp,The Nation A great work of social science, worthy to rank alongside de Tocqueville, Pareto, and Weber.... If [Putnam's] claims about the essential conditions of successful democracy are correct (and they almost certainly are), then politicians and political scientists l#

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