Democracy and Civil Society in the Third World

Democracy and Civil Society in the Third World : Politics and Protest

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This study provides an account of popular political, social and economic movements in the Third World. Focusing on poor and marginalized groups within developing countries, it shows how these groups have been stimulated into action by recent demands for political and economic change. The book describes the growing interest in democratic change in the Third World during the 1980s and 1990s, and argues that demands for democracy, human rights and economic change were a widespread catalyst for the emergence of hundreds of thousands of popular movements in Latin America, Africa and Asia. Sometimes these took for the form of demands for more political representation and greater economic development. Others were concerned with environmental protection, the broad position of women and the establishment of Islamic states and societies. Jeff Haynes argues that these emerging popular organizations are best regarded as building blocks of civil society that, in time, will enhance the democratic nature of many political environments in the Third World.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 200 pages
  • 159.3 x 237.7 x 21.8mm | 447.88g
  • Polity Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 3 tables, notes, bibliography, index
  • 0745616461
  • 9780745616469

Table of contents

Action groups in regional focus; macroeconomic decline and action groups; democracy and indigenous people; environmental protection; women and empowerment; Islamist action groups.show more