Social Capital and the Obama Administration

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  1. Miguel says:

    The lack of trust between Republicans and Democrats has reached the point where effective measures to the economic downturn are proving difficult to enact (witness the lack of Republican support for the stimulus bill and the near meltdown in CA). The question I have is that there might be a real tension between Obama’s long-term goals of building trust and the need to respond quickly to the economic emergency. How can he reach out to Republicans when they oppose any expansion of government?

  2. Jason Mazzone says:

    Good point. When I wrote the post, I didn’t have in mind trust between political parties (or among members of government) but rather the role of social networks and trust within the general population. Cooperation within government surely makes governing more effective and, as a result, gives people confidence in the government; confidence in the government, in turn, makes it easier to govern, and, as a result, makes government more effective.