Civil Society and Power

John Gaventa

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 Power

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This article evaluates the capacity of civil society to transform power relations. It discusses difference meanings of civil society and argues that each carries with it a parallel understanding of power and its components. It analyzes the changing forms and spaces of power, as well as the levels across which they occur, and explores some of their implications for civil society in practice. It also considers empirical evidence of civil society's transformational role.

Keywords: civil society; power relations; spaces of power; transformational role; empirical evidence

Article.  5823 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; Public Policy ; Public Administration

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