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Bowling Alone - Section 4: Chapter 21, Democracy Summary & Analysis

Robert D. Putnam
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Section 4: Chapter 21, Democracy Summary and Analysis

Democracy depends on citizens' civic participation. Some argue that the health of public institutions depends on participation as well through voluntary organizations. These organizations, from churches to grassroots political parties, let individuals express themselves and to keep the government in check. These networks provide people with a way to get political information and discuss it. When people join together, their voices become louder and their concerns are taken notice of. These organizations are also often the places where people learn to be citizens and gain the skills needed to participate. They may learn to lead, give speeches, and organize tasks. Churches and voluntary organizations may be the best places to learn these skills.

Associations provide places for people to discuss what is going on in the country, and they can teach people civic virtues. However, not all...

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