Civil Society and Democratic Theory

Civil Society and Democratic Theory : Alternative Voices

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This book introduces radically alternative models of civil society that have been developed outside the liberal democratic frame of reference, models which suggest that civil society does offer new and non-statist democratic possibilities. Drawing on a wide range of civil society theory-practice from Eastern Europe and Latin America (including the Zapatistas in Mexico), and from visions of global civil society too, this book is uniquely positioned to consider the questions posed by these alternative voices for democratic theory and practice. * Are there alternatives to the liberal democratic vision of civil society? * Is a democracy located in civil society rather than the state either possible or desirable? * How and why has the concept of civil society come to be used so widely today? * Can global civil society further the struggle for democracy initiated by national civil societies?show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 200 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 16mm | 367g
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1138970808
  • 9781138970809

Review quote

"The author's tracing of intellectual connections in Eastern Europe is a valuable resource for scholars of communist-era dissidence, while his discussion of Latin America helps one to comprehend political change there better. Pairing the two treatments makes it a unique resource.."-Perspectives on Politics, December 2003show more

About Gideon Baker

Gideon Baker is Lecturer in Political Theory in the School of English, Sociology, Politics and Contemporary History at the University of Salford. He has published articles in various journals including Contemporary Politics, Democratization and more

Table of contents

Part I: The Parallel Polis: Central-East European Models of Civil Society Part II: Democracy at the Grass Roots: Latin American Part III: The Taming of the Idea of Civil Society Since Part IV: New Alternatives? Part V: The Democracy of Civil Society: Theory and Practiceshow more