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Robert Putnam: Trust as a Fundamental Element of Civil Society and Democratic Governance

(Original title: Robert Putnam: Důvěra jako fundemantální prvek občanské komunity a demokratického vládnutí)
Filozofia, 78 (2023), 1, 14 - 24.
Type of work: Original Articles
Publication language: Czech
This paper deals with Robert Putnam as a political thinker from a viewpoint of the conception of social trust as a fundamental element of civic community and democratic governance, which is based on his study: Making Democracy Work: Civic Traditions in Modern Italy from 1993. The focus is on one of the key elements of his reasoning, namely the concept of confidence and an argumentative statement of his evolutionary view of building social trust in the civic communities of northern Italy and the reasons for its absence in the southern regions of Italy. Attention is also paid to Putnamʼs normative concept of spreading and building social trust. The final part summarizes Putnamʼs work and its possible use to analyse the prospects of democracy and democratic political culture in the countries of Central and Eastern Europe.

Robert Putnam, Confidence, Social confidence, Civic community, Democratic governance, Political philosophy, Politics

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