Changing Images of Civil Society: From protest to governance

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2008-07-28
  • Publisher: Routledge

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This book critically examines the diversity of interpretations and uses of civil society in different political contexts in countries including Sweden, Italy, France and the UK, Poland and Czechoslovakia, South Africa, China, and South America.

Table of Contents

List of illustrationsp. vii
Notes on contributorsp. viii
Prefacep. xi
Civil society and politics: contending frameworks and democratic deficitsp. 1
Contending civil-society frameworks: beyond the tutelary modelp. 3
Framing civil society: lessons from Eastern Europep. 16
A democracy bereft of parties: anti-political uses of civil society in Italyp. 32
A social democratic model of civil society?p. 47
Civil-society debates in India: civil society against political society?p. 70
China: creating civil-society structures top-down?p. 87
Civil society and public policies: dilemmas and ambiguitiesp. 105
Incantations and uses of civil society by the European Commissionp. 107
State, civil society and public policy in Chile todayp. 120
Activating civil society: differentiated citizen involvement in France and the United Kingdomp. 133
Civil society and participatory governance in South Africa: the quest for socioeconomic equity in the post-apartheid erap. 151
Civil society and governance: theoretical appraisalsp. 175
Assessing the claims of 'post-parliamentary' governance: few certainties, much more open questionsp. 177
It's about participation, stupid. Is it? - civil-society concepts in comparative perspectivep. 195
Indexp. 215
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