Making Democracy Work

Civic Traditions in Modern Italy

Ranked #90 in Democracy

Why do some democratic goverments succeed and others fail? In a book that has received attention from policy makers 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,... more

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