The Trusteeship of Legal Rulemaking

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Edward S. Adams

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities - School of Law

Richard Saliterman

Saliterman & Siefferman

Date Written: 2001


Professor Robert D. Putnam's work is, in many respects, the contemporary companion to Democracy in America.' It comprehensively surveys and tests common presumptions held about our democracy with apparently very reliable quantitative data. Until recently, a work of this depth and breadth has been unavailable. Putnam sets forth a well supported thesis suggesting that even though American financial capital may be at a high, its "social capital" has perhaps reached a record low, or at least a level similar to the social, economic, and legal bottleneck of a century ago.' His use of empirical and combined data, however, probes into the American spirit, indeed implying that the present setting is more dangerous. This method is in contrast to many other surveys and commentaries that are based significantly on anecdotal evidence or that worship earlier studies founded on less than empirical or weak social science technique.

Keywords: Book Review, Robert D. Putnam, Financial Capital, Social Capital

Suggested Citation

Adams, Edward S. and Saliterman, Richard, The Trusteeship of Legal Rulemaking (2001). Hofstra Law Review, Vol. 30, pp.483-523, 2001-2002. Available at SSRN:

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