Civil Society and Democracy

Mark E. Warren

in The Oxford Handbook of Civil Society

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

Series: Oxford Handbooks

Civil Society and Democracy

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This article investigates how democracy is related to civil society. It investigates whether it is possible to distinguish the kinds, dimensions, and functions of civil society that are likely to deepen democracy from those that are not and analyzes what can be done to develop less abstract conceptions of both democracy and civil society. It evaluates the potential contributions of civil society to democracy and describes the features of associations that are likely to determine their democratic contributions.

Keywords: democracy; civil society; abstract conceptions; associations; democratic contributions

Article.  5743 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; Public Policy ; Political Theory

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