U.S. Government - Ciglar 5.3 Summary

U.S. Government - Ciglar 5.3 Summary - Ciglar 5.3 Bowling...

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Ciglar 5.3 - Bowling Alone: America’s Declining Social Capital by Robert D. Putnam, p. 175-186. In this selection, Robert D. Putnam questions whether the U.S. has retained the characteristics of civil society. He suggests there is an important linkage between “citizen engagement” in community affairs and government performance. Civil engagement – refers to people’s associational connections to the life of their communities in the broadest sense. e.g. going to church, bowling league, joining political party. Social Capital – is developed by participation in a wide-array of these activities. U.S. citizens are becoming passive in their civil duties and relying/trusting too much on the state Alexis de Tocqueville Democracy in America , says different American social scientist of a neo-Tocquevillean say the performance of social institutions is powerfully influenced by norms and networks of civic engagement.
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