Civil Society in the United States

Theda Skocpol

in The Oxford Handbook of Civil Society

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780195398571
Published online May 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks

Civil Society in the United States

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This article examines the history of civil society in the U.S. It explores contemporary civic reorganizations by providing a snapshot of classic U.S. civic democracy and a glimpse at the deep roots of the sorts of interest groups and voluntary organizations that held sway around 1950. It highlights major civic transformations that unfolded in the U.S. after 1960 and evaluates their impact on the broader workings of contemporary American democracy.

Keywords: civil society; U.S.; civic reorganizations; civic democracy; interest groups; voluntary organizations; American democracy

Article.  5829 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; US Politics ; Comparative Politics

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