Increase the importance of social capital and decrease importance of financial capital in local, state, and federal elections
Policy-makers must consider the impact of their policies on social capital
Conclusion To restore trust and community bonds, there must be both individual and institutional change .
Sirianni, C. and L. Friedland. 2001. Civic Innovation in America: Community Empowerment, Public Policy, and the Movement for Civic Renewal . Los Angeles: University of California Press.
Carmen Sirianni is Professor of Sociology
and Public Policy, with a joint appointment
at the Heller Graduate School for Social
Policy and Management and the Center for
Youth and Communities.
Lewis Friedland is a professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication and the Department of Sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he is director of the Center for Communication and Democracy.
Mobilizes social capital such that democratic norms are promoted, responsibility and inclusive citizenship is enhanced, and the civic capacities of communities and institutions are developed to solve problems through the public work of citizens themselves
American society has displayed a significant capacity for civic innovation:
In the 1950s, social capital seemed to impose conformity and social division. In the 1960s, tolerance and diversity flourished, but social capital declined. Do you think that there exists a tradeoff between these ideals?
Social capital is often created in opposition to something or someone else. Do you see any problems with this?