Instituto Fernand Braudel de Economia Mundial - Associado à FAAP

Ed. 10: Social Capital and Democracy

"Community life drives political development"

Author: Robert D. Putnam | Published in 1995

Social Capital and Democracy

Robert Putnam raised some disturbing questions at the international conference of the Fernand Braudel Institute of World Economics on Governability: The Political Economy of Scale, held in four Brazilian cities
in May 1994. Why is the success of democracy apparently linked to development of social capital, embodied in informal association of citizens in smaller groups such as choral societies, bowling leagues and parent-teachers associations? Why is such civic engagement declining in the United States? What does the erosion of face-to-face community relationships mean for the future of democracy?


Related issues:

  1. Braudel Papers The Flow of Peoples
  2. Pesquisas The Demographic Transition and a Window of Opportunity

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