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Civic Capital in Italy: the case of the Arbereshe


Italian social scientists have often seized on the notion of civic capital to map the peninsula’s quirks, among which extraordinary rates of tax evasion feature highly.

One classic reading, inspired by Robert Putnam’s groundbreaking 1993 book “Making Democracy Work”, low civic capital in southern Italy has impeded modernization. In another, high civic capital endowments in the northern regions, home to communal pulsions since the middle ages, explain greater prosperity.

Italian social scientists have often seized on the notion of civic capital to map the peninsula’s quirks, among which extraordinary rates of tax evasion feature highly.

One classic reading, inspired by Robert Putnam’s groundbreaking 1993 book “Making Democracy Work”, low civic capital in southern Italy has impeded modernization. In another, high civic capital endowments in the northern regions, home to communal pulsions since the middle ages, explain greater prosperity.

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