Civil Societies and Social Movements: Potentials and Problems

Civil Societies and Social Movements: Potentials and Problems

by Derrick Purdue (Editor)


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This volume examines and contributes to debates surrounding social capital, social movements and the role of civil society in emerging forms of governance.

The authors adopt a broad range of research approaches, from testing hypotheses drawn from rationale choice theory against available statistics on associations, to ethnographic study of emerging attempts at participant / deliberative democracy. Divided into three clear sections, focusing on the following core aspects of civil society:

• the position of civic organizations between state and society in emerging forms of governance

• the geographical scales of social movement mobilizations and actions from the local to the global

• the patterns of public trust and civic engagement that falls under the rubric of social capital.

The book draws on case studies from a wide range of countries, including: Russia, Ukraine, Britain, Greece, Spain, Germany, Argentina and new Asian democracies.

Presenting current research on the key dimensions of civil society, Civil Societies and Social Movements will appeal to those researching and studying in the fields of political science, sociology and social policy.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780415586757
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 06/09/2010
Series: Routledge/ECPR Studies in European Political Science
Pages: 248
Product dimensions: 6.25(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.52(d)

Table of Contents

Notes on contributors     xi
Acknowledgements     xiv
Introduction: dimensions of civil society   Derrick Purdue     1
Civic organizations between state and society in emerging forms of governance     17
Civic organizations and the state in Putin's Russia: co-operation, co-optation, confrontation   Suvi Salmenniemi     19
What happened after the 'end of history'? Foreign aid and civic organizations in Ukraine   Kateryna Pishchikova     35
Civic organisations and local governance: learning from the experience of community networks   John Diamond     53
Civic societies and social movements from local to global: arenas for mobilization and action     69
Social movement scenes: infrastructures of opposition in civil society   Sebastian Haunss   Darcy K. Leach     71
Between horizontal bridging and vertical governance: pro-beneficiary movements in New Labour Britain   Manlio Cinalli     88
Networks of protest on global issues in Greece 2002-2003   Moses A. Boudourides   Iosif A. Botetzagias     109
Protest and protesters in advanced industrial democracies: the case of the 15 February global anti-war demonstrations   Joris Verhulst   Stefaan Walgrave     124
Social capital and trust within differentdemocratic systems     145
On the externalities of social capital: between myth and reality   Luigi Curini     147
Creating social capital and civic virtue: historical legacy and individualistic values - what civil society in Spain?   Rafael Vazquez Garcia     166
Social capital and political trust in new democracies in Asia: ingredients of deliberative communication and democratic governance   Ji-Young Kim     185
Creating social capital through deliberative participation: the experience of the Argentine popular assemblies   Julien D. Talpin     203
Conclusion: civil society, governance, social movements and social capital   Derrick Purdue     220
Index     228

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