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