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What's the Civil in Civil Society? Robert Putnam's Italian Republicanism

  • Mouritsen, P.
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    Putnam's civil society is the idea that good government performance aas well as economic development is a product of 'civic community', i.e. the networks of trust, reciprocity, and habits of co-operation that arise in the associational micro-spheres of civil society such as the soccer club, the Lion's Club, or the choral society. The paper begins with a short exposition of Putnam's main theses. It then looks at the republican tradition to which Putnam refers, preliminarily pointing out a degree of convergence with its several dimensions, but also - under four different headings - the crucial points of divergence. These four 'replubican disputes' are then examined and the discussion summarised.

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    Paper provided by European Institute - Political and Social Sciences in its series Papers with number 2001/4.

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    Length: 32 pages
    Date of creation: 2001
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    Handle: RePEc:fth:europs:2001/4
    Contact details of provider: Postal: EUROPEAN UNIVERSITY INSTITUTE, ECONOMICS DEPARTMENT, BADIA FIESOLANA, SAN DOMENICO (FI), ITALY

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