To Empower People: From State to Civil Society

To Empower People: From State to Civil Society

by Michael L. Berger, Richard J. Neuhaus
     
 

Nearly twenty years ago in the first edition of this path-breaking book, Peter Berger and Richard John Neuhaus anticipated the major world-wide project of the 1990s: the renewal of civil society. They showed that such "mediating structures" as family, neighborhood, church, voluntary associations, and civic organizations are crucial institutions, whose weakening spells… See more details below

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Nearly twenty years ago in the first edition of this path-breaking book, Peter Berger and Richard John Neuhaus anticipated the major world-wide project of the 1990s: the renewal of civil society. They showed that such "mediating structures" as family, neighborhood, church, voluntary associations, and civic organizations are crucial institutions, whose weakening spells disaster.

They warned public policy experts, then mesmerized by promising new government programs, that these were likely to be less successful than mediating institutions.

Now, many of their ideas vindicated, the authors have returned to their original argument to assess what has succeeded, what has gone wrong, and what remains to be done. For this new edition, they have invited twelve scholars to join them in pointing toward new directions for the future.

With reform of the welfare state on the international agenda, this new edition of To Empower People will likely become the beacon for the next generation.

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A revised edition of To Empower People (1977)--which was virtually a pamphlet of 45 pages. Here it is supplemented with 11 new essays illustrating how the ideas it contained have spread, rooted, and branched during the past 20 years. The heart of the authors' argument is that such structures as family, neighborhood, church, voluntary associations, and civic organizations are crucial instituions, whose weakening spells disaster. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780844739441
Publisher:
American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research
Publication date:
02/28/1996
Edition description:
2nd edition
Pages:
223
Product dimensions:
6.18(w) x 9.60(h) x 0.85(d)

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