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Civil Society and Democratization

Edmund Wnuk-Lipiński

in The Oxford Handbook of Political Behavior

Published in print August 2007 | ISBN: 9780199270125
Published online September 2009 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199270125.003.0036

Series: OXFORD HANDBOOKS POL SCIENCE SERI OHPS C

Civil Society and Democratization

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This article discusses democratization and civil society. An explanation of the concept of civil society is provided, followed by the various functions of civil society. It reveals that the concept of civil society was largely ignored by researchers for most of the twentieth century. Democratization and the transition to democracy and emergence of a civil society are discussed. The latter portion of the article is mostly concerned with political culture and the quality of civil society.

Keywords: democratization; civil society; functions of civil society; transition to democracy; political culture; quality of civil society

Article.  8327 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; Political Behaviour ; Comparative Politics

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