Civil Society and Development

Civil Society and Development : A Critical Exploration

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Incorporated into the discourse of academics, policymakers and grassroots activists, of multilateral development agencies and local NGOs alike, ""civil society"" has become a topic of widespread discussion, but is there any common understanding of the term? How useful is it when applied to the South, and what difference does it make to bring the concept into the debate on development? This text explores the complex relationships among civil society, the state and market in the context of democratic development. Drawing on case studies from Africa, Asia and Latin America, it also unravels what is meant by development agencies - bilaterals, multilaterals, NGOs and international financial institutions, with their diverse approaches and agendas - when they refer to the urgent need to strengthen civil society.
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  • Paperback | 267 pages
  • 152 x 226 x 16mm | 322.06g
  • Boulder, CO, United States
  • English
  • 158826095X
  • 9781588260956
  • 1,350,337

Table of contents

Civil Society and Development - Genealogies of the Conceptual Encounter; Civil Society, Democracy and the State - the Americanization of the Debate; Civil Society, the State and the Market - a Triadic Development Model for the 21st Century?; Manufacturing Civil Society from the Outside - Donor Interventions; Civil Society and Market Transition - the Case of China; Civil Society Discourses and the Guatemalan Peace Process; Civil Society in a Regional Perspective - Sub-Saharan Africa, Central Asia and Latin America.
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