Civil Society in the Age of Monitory Democracy

Civil Society in the Age of Monitory Democracy


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Since the emergence of the dissident “parallel polis” in Eastern Europe, civil society has become a “new superpower,” influencing democratic transformations, human rights, and international co-operation; co-designing economic trends, security and defense; reshaping the information society; and generating new ideas on the environment, health, and the “good life.” This volume seeks to compare and reassess the role of civil society in the rich West, the poorer South, and the quickly expanding East in the context of the twenty-first century’s challenges. It presents a novel perspective on civic movements testing John Keane’s notion of “monitory democracy”: an emerging order of public scrutiny and monitoring of power.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781782381495
Publisher: Berghahn Books, Incorporated
Publication date: 05/01/2013
Series: Studies on Civil Society , #7
Pages: 358
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)

About the Author

Lars Trägårdh is Professor of History and Civil Society Studies at Ersta Sköndal University College in Stockholm, Sweden. In 2011 he was appointed to the Commission on the Future of Sweden led by the Prime Minister of Sweden, Fredrik Reinfeldt.

Nina Witoszek is Research Professor and Research Director at the Centre for Development and the Environment at the University of Oslo.

Table of Contents


Lars Trägårdh and Nina Witoszek

Chapter 1. The Dawn of Monitory Democracy

John Keane

Chapter 2. Civil Society in the Age of Crisis

John Clark

Chapter 3. Digital Deprivation: New Media, Civil Society and Sustainability

Paddy Coulter and Cathy Baldwin

Chapter 4. “Monitory” versus “Managed” Democracy: Does Civil Society Matter in Contemporary Russia?

Kathryn Stoner-Weiss

Chapter 5. Monitory Democracy and Ecological Civilization in the People’s Republic of China

James Miller

Chapter 6. Tenuous Spaces: Civil Society in Burma/Myanmar

David Steinberg

Chapter 7. Kenya’s Green Belt Movement: Contributions, Conflict, Contradictions, and Complications in a Prominent ENGO

Bron Taylor

Chapter 8. A New Direction in Transnational Civil Society: The Politics of Muslim NGO Coalitions

Zeynep Atalay

Chapter 9. Anti-Totalitarian Feminism? Civic Resistance in Iran

Nina Witoszek and Haideh Daragahi

Chapter 10. Associative Democracy in the Swedish Welfare State

Lars Trägårdh

Chapter 11. State Capture of Civil Society: Effects of Patronage in the Norwegian Aid Industry

Asle Toje

Chapter 12. Civil Society as a Driver of Governance Innovation: A Montesquieu Perspective

Atle Midttun

Chapter 13. Afterword: An Ounce of Action is Worth a Ton of Theory

Bill McKibben prefaced by Nina Witoszek and Lars Trägårdh



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