PERFORMANCE IN IOWA COMMUNITIES University of Northern Iowa
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Putnam (1993) provides impressive evidence that the enduring geographic patterns of social capital in Italy influence regional government performance. His work has motivated other scholars to search for a link between social capital & performance among nations & other large subnational entities. The purpose of this study is to extend this line of research to the community level. To accomplish this a unique data set consisting of the opinions of approximately 100 people in each of 114 IA communities was collected. The analyses show a clear relationship: local governments are viewed as more responsive & effective in towns described as high in social capital by their citizens. Additional analyses reveal that social capital is also related to the upkeep of public streets & parks in the communities. Both of these relationships remain significant even after controlling for a variety of socioeconomic factors. 3 Tables, 1 Figure, 45 References. Adapted from the source document.