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The Velvet Revolutions

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861347640.003.0007
The Velvet Revolutions

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This chapter discusses the Velvet Revolutions that commenced in 1989, replacing totalitarianism in Eastern Europe with democracy. It links this development to the crisis in the welfare state in Western Europe and explores the question of whether the growth of civil society represents a broader rejection of state collectivism and modernity. It notes the existence of another side to modernity, in which the state becomes an instrument of terror and civil society is co-opted into its apparatus.

Keywords: Velvet Revolutions; totalitarianism; Eastern Europe; democracy; welfare state; civil society; collectivism; modernity

Chapter.  9590 words. 

Subjects: Organizations

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