Lecture 21 April 12

Lecture 21 April 12 - Inequality and American Democracy...

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Inequality and American Democracy Lecture 21 April 12, 2007 Are Americans Bowling Alone? Should We Care? 1) Robert Putnam—Bowling Alone a) Over the last generation there has been a dramatic decline in social capital b) “Social Capital” i) “stocks of social trust, norms and networks that people can draw upon to solve common problems.” ii) “The term social capital emphasizes not just warm and cuddly feelings, but a wide variety of quite specific benefits that flow from the trust, reciprocity, information, and cooperation associated with social networks. Social capital creates value for the people whoa re connected and—at least sometimes—for bystanders as well.” iii) Proportion of people that believe that people around them and religious and civic institutions can be trusted iv) Measure of frequency of informal social interaction: eating in others’ homes, bowling leagues, bridge games v) Idea that getting together with other people, sharing bonds, is a crucial ingredient in
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This note was uploaded on 04/08/2008 for the course PLSC 203 taught by Professor Jacobhacker during the Spring '07 term at Yale.

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