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Eminent social scientists from Europe and North America take a fresh look at the vitality of civil society in the context of post-communist Eastern Europe, the West European welfare states, and the United States. This volume takes a fresh look at this classic theme in the context of post-communist Eastern Europe, the West European welfare states, and the United States, asking:
-- What patterns of participation characterize the new democracies of Eastern Europe?
-- What levels of civic activism are characteristic of contemporary Western democracies?
-- What factors account for differences among countries and changing patterns over time?
-- What do the findings suggest about the prospects for democracy in the 21st century?
|About the Editors and Contributors|
|2||The Self-Organization of Society and Democratic Rule: Specifying the Relationship||9|
|3||Institutions and Actors in a New Democracy: The Vanishing Legacy of Communist and Solidarity Types of Participation in Poland||26|
|4||Local Democratization in the Czech Republic After 1989||51|
|5||An Emerging Paradox: Civil Society from Above?||83|
|6||The Social Democratic Party in Eastern Germany: Political Participation in the Former GDR After Unification||99|
|7||The State, Associations, and the Transition to Democracy: Early Corporatism in Sweden||132|
|8||The Norwegian Voluntary Sector and Civil Society in Transition: Women as Catalysts for Deep-Seated Change||157|
|9||Social Alliances and Coalitions: The Organizational Underpinnings of Democracy in Western Germany||203|
|10||Democracy in America at the End of the Twentieth Century||233|
|11||Conclusion: Contrasting Patterns of Participation and Democracy||266|