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Conclusion: Civil Society as a Necessary and Necessarily Contested Idea

Michael Edwards

in The Oxford Handbook of Civil Society

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780195398571
Published online May 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195398571.013.0038

Series: Oxford Handbooks

 Conclusion: Civil Society as a Necessary and Necessarily Contested Idea

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This article sums up the key findings of this study on the role of civil society in shaping the geometry of human relations. It suggests that civil society is a necessary and necessarily contested idea and that it is not a concept that yields to easy consensus, conclusion or generalization. It describes the change shape of associational life and examines whether civil society can be nurtured. It argues that without competing visions of the good society, public spheres in which they can be developed and solidified, and associations that create an infrastructure for collective action between the individual and the state, no democratic progress would be possible.

Keywords: civil society; human relations; associational life; good society; public spheres; collective action; democratic progress

Article.  5566 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; Public Policy

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