Articles and Books by Putnam and Sander


"The Rebirth of American Civic Life", Sunday Boston Globe Op-Ed (3/2/08).

"E Pluribus Unum: Diversity and Community in the 21st Century", in Scandinavian Political Studies Journal (June 2007)

"How's the Job? Are Trust and Social Capital Neglected Social Capital Investments?" (with John Helliwell and Haifang Huang), in Social Capital: Reaching Out, Reaching In, ed. Viva Ona Bartkus and James H. Davis (2009).

“Education and Social Capital” (with John Helliwell), Eastern Economics Journal, vol. 33:1-19 (2007).

Let's Get Connected (with John Bridgeland), TIME Viewpoint, September 11, 2006.

You Gotta Have Friends A study finds that Americans are getting lonelier, TIME Viewpoint, July 3, 2006.

"The Social Context of Well-Being" (with John F. Helliwell), in The Science of Well-Being, ed. Felicia Huppert (2005).

"A Nation of Doers Needs to Do More" (with John Bridgeland), Philadelphia Inquirer Op-Ed, December 3, 2004.

"A Better Society In A Time Of War", New York Times Op-Ed, 10/19/01, p. A19. On a comparison of the efforts made by Pearl Harbor to reinvigorate American civil society versus efforts made post 9-11.

Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community (Simon and Schuster, 2000).

"1996: The Civic Enigma" (June 2005 reflection back on 1995 article "Bowling Alone" and what's been learned since then).

“Health By Association: some comments”, International Journal of Epidemiology (7/28/04).

"Education, Diversity, Social Cohesion and Social Capital" (3/18/04 talk to OECD Education Ministers: Raising the Quality of Education for All, Dublin).

"Better Together: Restoring the American Community" (with Lew Feldstein, Simon & Schuster, September 2003). Contains roughly a dozen chapters each describing promising new forms of social connectedness in diverse communities across America and what can be learned from across these examples.

Democracies in Flux: The Evolution of Social Capital in Contemporary Society (Oxford University Press, 2002).

“Community-Based Social Capital and Educational Performance” in Making Good Citizens: Education and Civil Society, ed. Diane Ravitch and Joseph Viteritti (New Haven CT: Yale University Press, 2001).

"The Strange Disappearance of Civic America", American Prospect (1996)

"Bowling Alone: America's Declining Social Capital", Journal of Democracy (1995). Reprinted here.

"The Prosperous Community: Social Capital and Public Life", American Prospect (Spring 1993).

"Foreword for volume of Housing Policy Debate on social capital," Housing Policy Debate, Volume 9, Issue 1 (1998).

Making Democracy Work (Princeton Press, 1993).

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"Create a New Us," TIME Magazine (September 15, 2008).

"The Boomers Are Coming," FORUM (Jan-Feb. 2007).

"A Friend in Need", Boston Globe (11/14/05). Describes the growing gap in social capital between rich and poor.

Social capital in K-12 schools and curricula (v.1.1) (Dec.. 2006)

Social Capital Building Toolkit (Version 1.2)" (with Kathleen Lowney; revised 2006)

“E-Associations? Using Technology to Connect Citizens: the Case of” Paper for American Political Science Association (APSA) Annual Conference in Washington, DC, September 2005. Another version of this paper available as a Taubman Center Working Paper.

Presentation on Meetup research at Berkman Center's Bits & Bytes conference, Dec. 10, 2004. This is from an earlier presentation on the Meetup research than the APSA paper above.

"E-associations: Can Technology Reverse Declining Civic Engagement?” in Taubman Center for State and Local Government Annual Report , April 2005.

Introductory Text on Social Capital for 'Hab & Gut/Was ein Dorf kann' exhibit in Schwarzenberg, Austria (June 2005). For information on the show click here.

Encyclopedia of Community: From the Village to the Virtual World (co-editor), Sage Reference, 2003.

"Flash-in-the-pan Mobs?Harvard Crimson Op-Ed. September 17, 2003.

“Social Capital and New Urbanism: Leading a Civic Horse to Water?” National Civic Review. Fall 2002. Vol. 91, Issue 3.

“Community Foundations and Social Capital” (with Lewis Feldstein), in Building Philanthropic and Social Capital: The Work of Community Foundations, ed Peter Walkenhorst, Bertelsmann Foundation Publishers, 2001.

Environmental Impact Statements and Their Lessons for Social Capital Analysis” (1999)

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Sept. 11 as Civics LessonWashington Post Op-Ed, September 10, 2005.

“Social Capital and Civic Engagement of Individuals Over Age 50 in the United States” in Civic Engagement and the Baby Boomer Generation, Laura B. Wilson, and Sharon Simson, eds. (Haworth Press, 2006).

“Walking the Civic Talk after September 11” (Op-Ed) in Christian Science Monitor, Feb. 19, 2002.

“Schools and Social Capital,” in School Administrator, Sept. 1999.

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Other Sources

Information about social capital and the Social Capital Community Benchmark Survey:
Our own Saguaro Seminar site
Provides overview of Professor Putnam’s work to date, as well as the historical Saguaro Seminar meetings, and has links to various other social capital research and publications (Bowling Alone, Better Together, Social Capital Community Benchmark Survey [SCCBS]).
Through vast new data, Putnam’s book shows how we have become increasingly disconnected from family, friends, neighbors, and our democratic structures and how we may reconnect.
Better Together
Better Together is the Saguaro Seminar
report based on three years of dialogue
among a diverse group of thinkers and
doers. This report details promising
strategies and recommendations for
increasing our social capital through
faith-based efforts, schools and youth,
the workplace, politics, and the arts.
Social Capital Community Benchmark Survey
Home page of the Social Capital Community Benchmark Survey (SCCBS) describing goals, methods, metrics, participants, results, etc.
Social Capital Gateway
The Social Capital Gateway is a fine site on social capital worldwide, including recent books, theses, social capital events and conferences, and basic readings on social capital.
Observatory Pascal often has links to new, interesting research on social capital.

InfEd provides an overview and bibliography related to social capital.

Civic Practices Network
This site has a good description of social capital. There are also definitions of other related civic words in their CPN dictionary.