Civil Society and Political Theory

Civil Society and Political Theory

Paperback Studies in Contemporary German Social Thought (Paperback)

By (author) Jean L. Cohen, By (author) Andrew Arato

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  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Format: Paperback | 800 pages
  • Dimensions: 157mm x 218mm x 43mm | 1,043g
  • Publication date: 6 May 1994
  • Publication City/Country: Cambridge, Mass.
  • ISBN 10: 0262531216
  • ISBN 13: 9780262531214
  • Edition: New edition
  • Edition statement: New edition
  • Sales rank: 509,072

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In this major contribution to contemporary political theory, Jean Cohen and Andrew Arato argue that the concept of civil society articulates a contested terrain in the West that could become a primary locus for the expansion of democracy and rights.

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Jean L. Cohen is Associate Professor of Political Theory at Columbia University. Andrew Arato is Professor of Sociology at the New School for Social Research.

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"Cohen and Arato provide a wonderfully illuminating and detailed account of the civil society argument as it has developed in Europe. And then they turn that argument into a critical theory of American society or, more generally, of liberal democracy -- pointing the way toward a more effectively and pervasively democratic liberalism." Michael Walzer

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In this major contribution to contemporary political theory, Jean Cohen and Andrew Arato argue that the concept of civil society articulates a contested terrain in the West that could become a primary locus for the expansion of democracy and rights.