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We have created a list of related and readings which is available either as a direct link or a downloadable PDF document. Please note that while we have tried to maintain the links to most of these readings, some of the links might not work.

Note: this is only a description of some of the issues and ideas considered. For our official set of recommendations, see our BetterTogether report.

Putnam, Robert. Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community. Simon and Schuster: New York, NY, 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.

Kennedy School of Government Case Study. “Mountaineer Habitat for Humanity and the West Virginia Housing Development Fund: The Prospect for Partnership.” Abstract Available:

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

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

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. See Dimitrina 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:

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

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

Kennedy School of Government Case Study, “Beyond Housing: The Comprehensive Community Revitalization Program in the South Bronx (Abridged).” To order:

Kennedy School of Government Case Study, “Building the Baltic.” Abstract Available:

Kennedy School of Government Case Study. “Robert Little and the Kinship Foster Care Program in NYC.” Abstract Available:

Environmental Impact Statements and Their Lessons for Social Capital Analysis

Bardach, Eugene, and Lucian Pugliaiesi. “The Environmental Impact Statement and the Real World.” Public Interest 49 (Fall 1977): 22-38.

Bonnet, Mark, and Kurt Zimmerman. “Politics and Preservation: The Endangered Species Act and the Northern Spotted Owl.” Ecology Law Quarterly 18 (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 and the Corp. 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.

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