Institutional Capital was inspired by the coincidence of two events, the end of communism in Central and Eastern Europe and the publication of Robert Putnam's Making Democracy Work: Civic Traditions in Modern Italy (1992). While the author, Laura Brunell, agrees with Putnam's argument that healthy stocks of social capital make democracies work, she argues that building institutional capital is most crucial for post-Communist government performance. Institutional Capital documents and explores the new forms of relationships developing between local governments and organized elements of civil society in post-Communist Poland. Using Krakow and Lodz as her cases, Dr. Brunell shows that specific cities are not simply high or low performing regimes. Rather, each city's distinct stock of institutional capital either hampers or enhances its performance in three areas: economic development planning, relocating waste disposal sites, and providing services to victims of domestic violence. The book highlights the importance of civil society in democratization.
Laura Brunell received her B.A. in Communications, Legal Institutions, Economics and Government from American University, in Washington, D.C., and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Colorado, Boulder. She was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship in 1995-96 to study the development of civil society in post-Communist Poland. She is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Gonzaga University, Spokane, Washington.
Chapter 1 Making Post-Communist Democracies Work: State-Society Relations in Post-Communist Europe; Civil Society and State Performance; Civic Traditions, Economic Development and the State Variation in Performance within Regimes; Explaining Performance; Link Chapter 2 Measuring Institutional Capital and Research Methods: Analytic Conceptualization and Terminology; Conceptualizing the Relationship Between Institutional Capital and Performance; Operationalizing Institutional Capital; State Contributions to Institut Chapter 3 The State and Institutional Capital: Governing the Post-Communist City: Components of the Local State's Institutional Capital; Discursiveness; Information Gathering and Dissemination Strategies; Bureaucratizing Public In formation; Institutionalizin Chapter 4 Raising Institutional Capital in Civil Society: Components of Civil Society's Institutional Capital; Third Sector Heterogeneity: Heterogeneity of Group Type and Size; Heterogeneity of Funding Sources; Horizontal Links among Activists; Activity Acros Chapter 5 New Stocks of Institutional Capital and Prospects for Performance: Discourse and Protest in Krakow's Stock of Institutional Capital; Institutional Capital: Continuity or Change?; Repertorial Continuity; Repertorial Expansion or Contraction?; Krakow' Chapter 6 Putting Institutional Capital to Work: The Political Economy of Development Planning and Waste Disposal: Economic Planning and Waste Disposal Under State Socialism and Today: From Autarky to Governance; New Conditions and Strategies; Managing Waste Chapter 7 Governing Women: Domestic Violence and the Politics of Institutionalizing Women's Social Rights: Social Rights and Gender in Post-Communist Poland: Family Law and Domestic Violence; Domestic Violence in Poland; The Institutional Terrain of Gen Chapter 8 Historical Sources of Institutional Capital: Development, Class Composition and Civic Traditions in Krakow; Development; Self-Government, Class, and Civic Traditions; Development in the 19th Century; Class and Civic Traditions in the 19th Century; C Chapter 9 Opposition Movements Influences on Institutional Capital: Krakow: The Intellectual's City in a Worker's Era; Workers' Srodowiska; Church-based Srodowiska; Student Srodowiska; Intelligentsia Srodowiska; State-Society Relations Chapter 10 Institutional Capital and Post-Communist State Performance: Beyond Civic Traditions; State Initiative; Embedding the State: Creating Partners in Performance; Two Types of Post-Communist Performance; Final Remarks Chapter 11 Appendices: Groups Surveyed; Interviewees; Individual Questionnaire; Group Questionnaire; City Elite Survey Chapter 12 Bibliography Chapter 13 Index