Insurgent Democracy: Civil Society and State

John S. Dryzek

in Deliberative Democracy and Beyond

Published in print January 2002 | ISBN: 9780199250431
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191717253 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Political Theory

 Insurgent Democracy: Civil Society and State

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Comparative historical analysis of democratization is deployed to show that sometimes it makes sense to highlight the state as the best home for deliberative democracy, sometimes civil society, and sometimes both. Everything depends on the particular configuration of state imperatives and social movement interests, as well as the kind of inclusion that the state can offer to groups. Exclusive states sometimes prove surprisingly positive when it comes to the democratic vitality of the public sphere. Guidelines are developed for the strategic choices facing social movements.

Keywords: civil society; deliberative democracy; democratic vitality; democratization; inclusion; public sphere; social movements; states

Chapter.  14498 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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