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Overview

In this thoroughly revised edition, Michael Edwards updates the arguments and evidence presented in the original and adds major new material on issues such as civil society in Africa and the Middle East, global civil society, information technology and new forms of citizen organizing. He explains how in the future the pressures of state encroachment, resurgent individualism, and old and familiar forces of nationalism and fundamentalism in new clothes will test and reshape the practice of citizen action in both positive and negative ways. Civil Society will help readers of all persuasions to navigate these choppy waters with greater understanding, insight and success.

Colleges and universities, foundations and NGOs, public policy-makers, journalists and commissions of inquiry-all have used Edwards's book to understand and strengthen the vital role that civil society can play in deepening democracy, rebuilding community, and addressing poverty, inequality, and injustice. This new edition will be required reading for anyone who is interested in creating a better world through citizen action.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"It is hard to find a book on civil society which is very optimistic and at the same time discusses the consequences of too much dependence on it to solve our problems... I strongly recommendthe book to scholars, practitioners and policy makers interested in understanding the importance of collective actions and the diversity of conceptualizations of civil society"
Community Development Journal

''The idea of civil society is not getting as much attention as it did a decade ago, but Michael Edwards makes a powerful case for why it should and what it has to offer people not only in the West, but throughout the world. A must-read for any student of the subject.''
Leslie Lenkowsky, Indiana University

''Now in its third edition, Michael Edwards’ book is still the best survey of the potential contributions of civil society to better societies and governments. Edwards combines optimism with a realism based in close attention to the many changing ways people combine their energies, skills, and intelligence for collective purposes. The book is a must-read for anyone interested in the relationships between civil society, social change, and democracy.''
Mark E. Warren, University of British Columbia

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780745645865
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 6/29/2009
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Edwards is Distinguished Senior Fellow at Demos, New York, and editor of Transformation at www.opendemocracy.net
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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgements
1 Introduction - What's the Big Idea? 1
2 Civil Society as Associational Life 18
3 Civil Society as the Good Society 37
4 Civil Society as the Public Sphere 54
5 Synthesis - Unravelling the Civil Society Puzzle 72
6 So What's to be Done? 93
Notes 113
References and Bibliography 120
Index 131
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