Politics & Culture 9/23
• What's the importance of the Renaissance?
◦ Cause or effect of Civic development
• Does Civic engagement promote socio-economic development?
◦ Or the other way around? What does Putnam think?
• What kind of trust are we talking about?
◦ Personal? Interpersonal?Inter-institutional?
◦ Whatever, we want to know where our money is going
• How is collective opposition displayed?
◦ Organized protests or flash mobs?
• How much do you care about the garbage not being collected and what do you do about it?
• Continuation of Notes 2
◦ Social Context and history profoundly condition the effectiveness of institutions by shaping
the structure of norms and expectations
▪ & Changing formal institutions can change political and cultural practice
◦ Ok, but does that necessarily imply that culture & cultural perferences are only conditions
by formal institutions, as Putnam would agree?
◦ & does that imply that what we see in institutional....
• The Sicilian Problem
◦ Authority relationships impinge on the pursuit of individual opportunity and social
◦ Attempts at imposing unitary political structures within an environment of “folk
▪ Politics remains local and compartmentalized
◦ The mafia functions as the first intercommunal organization
▪ Dual society between upper and lower class
▪ Mafia grows as a lower class phenomenon
▪ in healthy sysytem entrprenuers become first commerce of capitalism
▪ In south busniess was done through word of mouth, in North they used contracts
• Trust is seen in south as making a verbal promise, North was through contracts
▪ At first was a seen as a safeguard for people when they had nowhere else to go.
• Where is Social Trust?