In the two papers provided for this essay, social philosopher, Francis Fukuyama
and political scientist, Kenneth Newton, take contrasting views on the role of
social capital and trust in civil society and politics.
You are to write a comparative analysis of these two papers and discuss the pros
and cons of each of the two approaches in the context of what you understand by
the term ‘civil society’. You may also refer to the readings provided for Week 1
and the lecture slides.
Fukuyama, F., “Social capital, civil society and development”, Third World
Quarterly, Vol 22, No 1, pp 7–20, 2001
Newton, K., “Trust, civil society, social capital and democracy”, International
Political Science Review (2001), Vol 22, No. 2, 201–214