Civil Society in the Age of Monitory Democracy

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Civil Society in the Age of Monitory Democracy

Innbundet / 2013 / Engelsk
Since the emergence of the dissident "parallel polis" in Eastern Europe, civil society has become a "new superpower," influencing democratic transformations, human rights, and international co-operation; co-designing economic trends, security and defense; reshaping the information society; and generating new ideas on the environment, health, and the "good life." This volume seeks to compare and reassess the role of civil society in the rich West, the poorer South, and the quickly expanding East in the context of the twenty-first century's challenges. It presents a novel perspective on civic movements testing John Keane's notion of "monitory democracy:" an emerging order of public scrutiny and monitoring of power. To what extent does the monitory function of civil society ensure a political, cultural and economic innovation for a more sustainable future? In what ways are the mushrooming civic organizations a secret sharer of the states and industries' machinations?
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Since the emergence of the dissident "parallel polis" in Eastern Europe, civil society has become a "new superpower," influencing democratic transformations, human rights, and international co-operation; co-designing economic trends, security and defense; reshaping the information society; and generating new ideas on the environment, health...
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Introduction Lars Tragardh and Nina Witoszek Chapter 1. The Dawn of Monitory Democracy John Keane Chapter 2. Civil Society in the Age of Crisis John Clark Chapter 3. Digital Deprivation: New Media, Civil Society and Sustainability Paddy Coulter and Cathy Baldwin Chapter 4. "Monitory" versus "Managed" Democracy: Does Civil Society Matter in Contemporary Russia? Kathryn Stoner-Weiss Chapter 5. Monitory Democracy and Ecological Civilization in the People's Republic of China James Miller Chapter 6. Tenuous Spaces: Civil Society in Burma/Myanmar David Steinberg Chapter 7. Kenya's Green Belt Movement: Contributions, Conflict, Contradictions, and Complications in a Prominent ENGO Bron Taylor Chapter 8. A New Direction in Transnational Civil Society: The Politics of Muslim NGO Coalitions Zeynep Atalay Chapter 9. Anti-Totalitarian Feminism? Civic Resistance in Iran Nina Witoszek and Haideh Daragahi Chapter 10. Associative Democracy in the Swedish Welfare State Lars Tragardh Chapter 11. State Capture of Civil Society: Effects of Patronage in the Norwegian Aid Industry Asle Toje Chapter 12. Civil Society as a Driver of Governance Innovation: A Montesquieu Perspective Atle Midttun Chapter 13. Afterword: An Ounce of Action is Worth a Ton of Theory Bill McKibben prefaced by Nina Witoszek and Lars Tragardh Bibliography Index
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"This is an ambitious effort to capture and contextualize highly diverse broad-ranging trends of contemporary and emerging civil society worldwide and to open a debate on how to theorize these trends. It provides a set of conceptual and theoretical inroads as well as a variety of empirical cases on state - civil society relations and is a welcomed contribution to the field of civil society studies and democratization studies." * Jens Stilhoff Sorensen, Swedish Institute of International Affairs, Stockholm "[A]collection of original and sophisticated chapters. The combination of theoretical and empirical chapters - addressing and debating political activism (understood here through the concept of 'civil society') and the state and nature of contemporary democracy in various different contexts - is convincing and makes the collection an attractive and valuable contribution to our understanding of contemporary political dynamics." * Sabine Selchow, London School of Economics
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Lars Tragardh is Professor of History and Civil Society Studies at Ersta Skondal University College in Stockholm, Sweden. In 2011 he was appointed to the Commission on the Future of Sweden led by the Prime Minister of Sweden, Fredrik Reinfeldt. Publications include State and Civil Society in Northern Europe: The Swedish Model Reconsidered (2007), After National Democracy: Rights, Law and Power in America and the New Europe (2004), and Culture and Crisis: the Case of Germany and Sweden (with Nina Witoszek, 2002). Nina Witoszek is Research Professor and Research Director at the Centre for Development and the Environment at the University of Oslo. Her studies include Culture and Crisis: the Case of Germany and Scandinavia (with Lars Tragardh, 2002) and Cultural Origins of the Norwegian Regime of Goodness (2011). Nina Witoszek is also a fiction and film script writer (known as Nina FitzPatrick), whose work includes Fables of the Irish Intelligentsia (1992), The Loves of Faustyna (1995) and Daimons (2003). Bron Taylor is Professor of Religion and Nature at the University of Florida, and a Carson Fellow at the Rachel Carson Center in Munich. His publications include Dark Green Religion: Nature Spirituality and the Planetary Future (2010), The Encyclopedia of Religion and Nature (2005), and Ecological Resistance Movements (1995). Taylor also founded and served as President of the International Society for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture, and is editor of the society's Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture.
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ISBN13
9780857457561
Publisert
2013
Utgiver
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Berghahn Books
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05, UP
Språk
Product language
Engelsk
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Product format
Innbundet
Sider
336
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