Watch the video: Book launch of “The Upswing” by Professor Robert Putnam with Professor Jennifer Rubin and Lord Willetts

13 November 2020

The Campaign for Social Science and the Academy of Social Sciences hosted the launch of: The Upswing: How America Came Together a Century Ago and How We Can Do It Again, a new book by Professor Robert D. Putnam and Shaylyn Romney Garrett.

UK launch of Bob Putnam’s 2020 book “The Upswing” on November 5, 2020

The conversation was chaired by the Campaign Chair, Professor Bobby Duffy.

Robert, jointly with his co-author Shaylyn Romney Garrett, discussed the book’s exploration of more than a century of  a confluence of trends that brought us from an “I” society to a “We” society and then back again. He draws inspiring lessons for our time from an earlier era, when a dedicated group of reformers righted the ship, putting the US on a path to becoming a society once again based on community.

Robert and Shaylyn were joined by Professor Jennifer Rubin and Lord David Willetts, who explored what the trends and lessons from the US mean for the UK and other countries.

Part of ESRC’s Festival of Social Science, the event was jointly supported by SAGE Publishing and King’s College London’s ESRC Impact Acceleration Account.