Sources For The Meeting On Government And Civic Engagement

Below is a list of readings related to Saguaro III: Government and Social Capital, including either direct links or PDF downloads where available. For our official set of recommendations, please see our BetterTogether report.

Putnam, Robert. Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2000. [especially chapter 21]

Relationship between Government and Social Capital

Etzioni, Amitai. The New Golden Rule: Community and Morality in a Democratic Society. NY: Basic Books, 1996. see especially p.144-156, 158-159.

Husock, Howard, & Christine Letts. “Mountaineer Habitat for Humanity and the West Virginia Housing Development Fund: The Prospect for Partnership.” Harvard Kennedy School Case Collection. Cambridge, MA: John F. Kennedy School of Government, 1994.

Schambra, William. “Local Groups are the Key to America’s Civic Renewal.Brookings Review(Fall 1997): 20-22.

Skocpol, Theda. “America’s Voluntary Groups Thrive in a National Network.Brookings Review(Fall 1997): 16-19.

If you are interested in former communist governments, a 50 page annotated bibliography on papers with relevance for Eastern Europe/Former Soviet Union on Social Capital, Civil Society and social capital, Economics and Social Capital, Health and Social Capital, Education and Social Capital, and Institutional Change and social capital is available. SeeDimitrina Mihaylova: Social Capital Research in Central and Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union: An Annotated Bibliography (March, 2004).

Government Attempts to Foster Social Capital

City of Indianapolis Front Porch Alliance. Background. 1997. See the Front Porch Alliance's current website.

Government Attempts to do Minimal Harm to Social Capital; Learning from Similar Endeavors

Kamerman, Sheila. "Developing a Family Impact Statement." NY: Foundation for Child Development, 1976.

Ooms, Theodora .“Taking Families Seriously: Family Impact Analysis as an Essential Policy Tool.” Washington, D.C.: Family Impact Seminar, 1995.

Material to Think About Regarding the Social Capital Impact of Politics

Donovan, Shaun. “Beyond Housing: The Comprehensive Community Revitalization Program in the South Bronx (Abridged).” Harvard Kennedy School Case Collection. Cambridge, MA: John F. Kennedy School of Government, 1999.

Gans, Herbert J. The Urban Villagers: Groups and Class in the Life of Italian-Americans. NY: Free Press, 1962.

Jack, Andrew, et al. “Building the Baltic.” Harvard Kennedy School Case Collection. Cambridge, MA: John F. Kennedy School of Government, 1989.

Spicer, David Eddy, et al. “Robert Little and the Kinship Foster Care Program in NYC.” Harvard Kennedy School Case Collection. Cambridge, MA: John F. Kennedy School of Government, 1993.

Environmental Impact Statements and Their Lessons for Social Capital Analysis

Bardach, Eugene, and Lucian Pugliaiesi. “The Environmental Impact Statement and the Real World.” Public Interest49 (Fall 1977): 22-38.

Bonnet, Mark, and Kurt Zimmerman. “Politics and Preservation: The Endangered Species Act and the Northern Spotted Owl.” Ecology Law Quarterly18 (1991):105-71.

Caldwell, Lynton K. International Environmental Policy: Emergence and Dimensions. Durham: Duke University Press, 1984.

Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ). Environmental Quality. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office.

Fairfax, Sally. “Disaster in the Environmental Movement.” Science(1978): 743-50.

Jones, Bryan D, and Lynn W. Bachelor with Carter Wilson. The Sustaining Hand. Lawrence, Kansas: University Press of Kansas, 1986.

Lester, James P. Environmental Politics and Policy: Theories and Evidence. Durham: Duke University Press, 1995.

Liroff, Richard A. “NEPA Litigation in the 1970s: A Deluge or a Dribble?” Natural Resources Journal 21 (2): 315-30.

Mazmanian, Daniel and Jeanne Nienaber. Can Organizations Change: Environmental Protection, Citizen Participation, and the Corps of Engineers. Washington D.C.: Brookings Institution, 1979.

Melnick, Rowell Shep. Regulation and the Courts: The Case of the Clean Air Act. Washington D.C.: Brookings Institution, 1983.

Taylor, Serge. Making Bureaucracies Think: The Environmental Impact Statement Strategy of Administrative Reform. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 1984.

Wenner, Lettie M. The Environmental Decade in Court. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1982.