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Unformatted text preview: participation. Being in a group such as a church, or the example that Putnam uses participating in a bowling league, influences the amount of social capital there is in a society. Social capital has a great effect on all facets of society as Putnam puts it, “the quality of government was determined by longstanding traditions of civic engagement (or its absence)” As the amount of civic engagement in American society lessens, and so to does the amount of political participation drop there is a general decline in quality of governance. Marx belief that government would improve if there was less religious affiliation turned out to be false because of the many implications of religious affiliation. One’s religion is, in many ways, something that would make someone feel more strongly about political issues and therefore more likely to participate....
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This essay was uploaded on 04/09/2008 for the course POLISCI 790:103 taught by Professor Craig during the Spring '08 term at Rutgers.
- Spring '08