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Political Science
Christopher Anderson

Robert Putnam (Social Capital) Political and Social Capital: Behaviourist Capital: A stock of accumulated goods especially at a specified time and in contrast to income received during specified periods; Accumulated goods to produce other goods Social Capital: Features of social life—networks, norms, and trust—that enable participants to act together more effectively to pursue shared objectives… social connections and the attendant norms and trust Putnam believed there was a problem: - Decline in various forms of political participations including voter turnout - Decline in attendance of political meetings - Less trust in government - Less volunteer involvement in most areas - New volunteer areas require less commitment - Less trust among citizens - We are afraid of people more - The less you go alone, the less you trust people - Less social capital If you bowl in a league you have social capital, if you bowl alone you don’t. Robert Putnam: E Pluribus Unum “Those in more diverse communities tend to “distrust their neighbors, regardless of the color of their skin, to withdraw even from close friends, to expect the worst from their community and its leaders, to volunteer less, give less to charity a
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