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Changing Images of Civil Society

From Protest to Governance

Edited by Bruno Jobert, Beate Kohler-Koch

Routledge – 2008 – 220 pages

Series: Routledge Studies in Governance and Public Policy

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Description

Civil society has become one of the key parts of the reference framework for governance, seeking to replace traditional public action in which representative democracy is combined with bureaucratic implementation. The success of the civil society myth contrasts with and consequently manifests itself in the problems of political and social legitimacy and representation.

This book assesses the shift in the meaning and application of civil society, from citizen protests to its incorporation into public action. It examines the diversity of interpretations and uses of civil society in different political contexts and seeks to understand the reasons for its surfacing and its multiple forms in political discourse. The authors critically analyze and compare how different types of regimes in countries such as Italy, France and the UK, Poland and Czechoslovakia, South Africa, China, India and Chile; have incorporated or otherwise responded to the new discourse.

Analyzing the surfacing and uses of civil society, this book will be of interest to students and scholars of political science, analysts, policymakers, non-profit think tanks and organizations interested in comparative international studies on the third sector.

Contents

Part 1: Civil Society and Politics 1. Contending Civil Society Frameworks 2. Framing Civil Society 3. A Democracy Bereft of Parties 4. A Social Democratic Model of Civil Society? 5. Civil Society Debates in India 6. China: Creating Civil Society Structures Top Down? Part 2: Civil Society and Public Policies 1. Incantations and Uses of Civil Society by the European Commission 2. State, Civil Society and Public Policy in Chile Today 3. Activating Civil Society 4. Civil Society and Participatory Governance in South Africa Part 3: Civil Society and Governance 1. Assessing the Claims of ‘Post-Parliamentary’ Governance 2. It’s About Participation, Stupid. Is it? - Civil Society Concepts in Comparative Perspective

Author Bio

Bruno Jobert is a Senior Researcher (emeritus) at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, France.

Beate Kohler-Koch is Professor at the International Graduate School of the Social Sciences, Bremen, and former Chair for International Relations and European Affairs at the University of Mannheim, Germany.

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Description: Edited by Bruno Jobert, Beate Kohler-Koch. Civil society has become one of the key parts of the reference framework for governance, seeking to replace traditional public action in which representative democracy is combined with bureaucratic implementation. The success of the civil society myth...
Categories: Political Sociology, Social Policy, Politics & International Relations, Governance, Protest Movements, Comparative Politics, Government, International Politics, Public Policy