Civil Society Before Democracy: Lessons from Nineteenth-Century Europe / Edition 320

Civil Society Before Democracy: Lessons from Nineteenth-Century Europe / Edition 320

by Nancy Bermeo
     
 

ISBN-10: 0847695506

ISBN-13: 9780847695508

Pub. Date: 11/28/2000

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.

Bringing together historians and political scientists, this unique collaboration compares nineteenth-century civil societies that failed to develop lasting democracies with civil societies that succeeded. Much of the current literature on the connection between civil society and consolidating democracy focuses exclusively on single, contemporary polities that are…  See more details below

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Bringing together historians and political scientists, this unique collaboration compares nineteenth-century civil societies that failed to develop lasting democracies with civil societies that succeeded. Much of the current literature on the connection between civil society and consolidating democracy focuses exclusively on single, contemporary polities that are ever-changing and uncertain. By studying historical cases, the authors are able to demonstrate which civil societies developed in tandem with lasting democracies and which did not. Contrasting these two sets of cases, the book both enlightens readers about individual countries and extracts lessons about the connections between civil society and democracy in contemporary times. Above all, the authors ask the vital but under-researched question, "How and why does democratic civil society develop?"

Author Biography: Nancy Bermeo is associate professor of political science at Princeton University. Philip Nord is professor of history at Princeton.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780847695508
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
11/28/2000
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Selective Chronology of Nineteenth-Century Events
Introduction
1On Liberalism and the Emergence of Civil Society in Portugal3
2The Dream of Civil Society in Tsarist Russia: Law, State, and Religion23
3Public Opinion and Associations in Nineteenth-Century Italy43
4Liberalism and Civil Society in Italy: From Hegemony to Mediation61
5Civil Society and the Middle Classes in Nineteenth-Century Germany83
6Civil Society, Subscriber Democracies, and Parliamentary Government in Great Britain111
7Political Association in Nineteenth-Century France: Legislation and Practice135
8Liberalization, Democratization, and the Origins of a "Pillarized" Civil Society in Nineteenth-Century Belgium and the Netherlands155
9Between the State and Networks of "Cousins": The Role of Civil Society and Noncivil Associations in the Democratization of Poland181
10The Historical Origins of the East-West Divide: Civil Society, Political Society, and Democracy in Europe209
11Civil Society after Democracy: Some Conclusions237
Index261
About the Contributors277

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