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.
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.
Bron Taylor is Professor of Religion and Nature at the University of Florida, and a Carson Fellow at the Rachel Carson Center in Munich.
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
Chapter 2. Civil Society in the Age of Crisis
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?
Chapter 5. Monitory Democracy and Ecological Civilization in the People’s Republic of China
Chapter 6. Tenuous Spaces: Civil Society in Burma/Myanmar
Chapter 7. Kenya’s Green Belt Movement: Contributions, Conflict, Contradictions, and Complications in a Prominent ENGO
Chapter 8. A New Direction in Transnational Civil Society: The Politics of Muslim NGO Coalitions
Chapter 9. Anti-Totalitarian Feminism? Civic Resistance in Iran
Nina Witoszek and Haideh Daragahi
Chapter 10. Associative Democracy in the Swedish Welfare State
Chapter 11. State Capture of Civil Society: Effects of Patronage in the Norwegian Aid Industry
Chapter 12. Civil Society as a Driver of Governance Innovation: A Montesquieu Perspective
Chapter 13. Afterword: An Ounce of Action is Worth a Ton of Theory
Bill McKibben prefaced by Nina Witoszek and Lars Trägårdh