Civil Society and Development: A Critical Exploration / Edition 1

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Setting out to explore critically the way civil society has entered development thinking, policy and practice as a paradigmatic concept of the 21st century, Howell (development studies, U. of Sussex) and Pearce (Latin American politics, U. of Bradford) trace the historical path leading to the encounter between the ideas of development and civil society in the late 1980s and how donors have translated these into development policy an programs. They find that there are competing normative visions, which have deep roots in Western European political thought, about the role of civil society in relation to the state and market both among donors and within the societies where donors are operating. This leads to donors playing a major role in shaping the character of service provision. They also argue that their study exposes the hitherto unexplored power of the market, as opposed to solely the state, to distort donor programs. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781588260956
  • Publisher: Lynne Rienner Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/1/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 267
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1
2 Civil Society and Development: Genealogies of the Conceptual Encounter 13
3 Civil Society, Democracy, and the State: The Americanization of the Debate 39
4 Civil Society, the State, and the Market: A Triadic Development Model for the Twenty-first Century? 63
5 Manufacturing Civil Society from the Outside: Donor Interventions 89
6 Civil Society and Market Transition: The Case of China 123
7 Civil Society Discourses and the Guatemalan Peace Process 147
8 Civil Society in Regional Perspective: Sub-Saharan Africa, Central Asia, and Latin America 177
9 Conclusion 229
Bibliography 239
Index 255
About the Book 267
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