The renaissance of civil society

Frederick Powell

in The politics of civil society

Published by Policy Press

Published in print June 2007 | ISBN: 9781861347640
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303947 | DOI:
The renaissance of civil society

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This chapter explores the renaissance of civil society and its political significance and links this broader discussion to social policy as an intellectual activity. It notes that the civil society coexists in a triangular relationship with the state and the market. It then explains that modernism resulted in a fusion between the state and civil society. Postmodernism has refocused that relationship into a potential fusion with the market. This chapter also discusses how civil society provides an ethical framework for good governance because it represents the active voice of citizenship. It clarifies that social policy is deeply rooted in that ethical framework, as the expression of the need for civic virtue in governance.

Keywords: civil society; social policy; intellectual activity; state; market; modernism; postmodernism; citizenship

Chapter.  10181 words. 

Subjects: Organizations

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