Civil Society and Its Limits

Iris Marion Young

in Inclusion and Democracy

Published in print April 2002 | ISBN: 9780198297550
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191716751 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Political Theory

Civil Society and Its Limits

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Theories of civil society do not adequately distinguish the functions of private, civic, and political associations. A public sphere arising from free associational life both holds power accountable and produces new ideas. Democratic processes that aim to promote justice, however, also require strong state regulatory institutions.

Keywords: accountability; civic associations; civil society; democratic processes; justice; political associations; private associations; public spheres; regulation; state

Chapter.  17027 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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