Political Science

Making Democracy Work: Civic Traditions in Modern Italy


Jun 16, 1994
6.13 x 9.25 in.
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Why do some democratic governments succeed and others fail? In a book that has received attention from policymakers and civic activists in America and around the world, Robert Putnam and his collaborators offer empirical evidence for the importance of “civic community” in developing successful institutions. Their focus is on a unique experiment begun in 1970 when Italy created new governments for each of its regions. After spending two decades analyzing the efficacy of these governments in such fields as agriculture, housing, and health services, they reveal patterns of associationism, trust, and cooperation that facilitate good governance and economic prosperity.

Awards and Recognition

  • Winner of the 1994 Charles H. Levine Memorial Book Prize
  • Winner of the 1994 Gregory Luebbert Award
  • Winner of the 1993 Louis Brownlow Book Award, National Academy of Public Administration
  • Honorable Mention for the 1993 Award for Best Professional/Scholarly Book in Government and Political Science, Association of American Publishers