The concept of civil society was reinvented in Eastern Europe and Latin America in the 1980s and has subsequently travelled to all corners of the globe, both through intellectual exchange and through the official language of donors and politicians. To some, this spread represents part of a neo-imperialist project of imposing Western hegemony. For ...
The concept of civil society was reinvented in Eastern Europe and Latin America in the 1980s and has subsequently travelled to all corners of the globe, both through intellectual exchange and through the official language of donors and politicians. To some, this spread represents part of a neo-imperialist project of imposing Western hegemony. For most activists, however, civil society is not about fostering global capitalism, minimising the state or disseminating western values but about increasing the responsiveness of political institutions. It is about the radicalisation of democracy and the redistribution of political power. different cultural contexts and examines its impact on politics worldwide. Comparing and contrasting civil society in Latin America and Eastern Europe, Western Europe and the United States, Africa and South Asia, and the Middle East, the contributors show that there are multiple interpretations of the concept that depend more on the particular political configuration in different parts of the world than on cultural predilections. They also demonstrate that the power of civil society depends less on abstract definitions and more on the extent to which it is grounded in the context of actual experiences from around the world. Ronnie Lipschutz and Helmut Anheier. There is continued and growing interest in civil society particularly in the disciplines of politics and sociology. Given the book's broad and regional focus it will also be of interest to area studies specialists and those studying development economics.
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