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6 Achieving Civil Society

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It is only a decade ago that the eighteenth-century distinction between civil society and the state seemed old-fashioned, even obsolete. In a wholly unexpected reversal of fortunes, this old European distinction has since become fashionable among politicians, diplomats, academics, journalists, business leaders, relief agencies and citizens’ protests.

This course examines the various sources and phases of this dramatic popularisation of the term. It traces its reappearance in a wide range of contexts – from China and Egypt to southern Africa and the European Union – and clarifies the conflicting grammars and vocabularies of the language of civil society, including the new references to ‘global civil society’. The course will ask questions about the strengths and weaknesses of actually existing civil societies; and it will explore the various ways in which civil society perspectives can alter the ways that we think about such matters as democracy, power, markets, publicity and governance.

Speakers

Professor of the Institute of Public Affairs, Jagiellonian University; Chair of Applied Social Research Chair
Professor of Politics, WZB - Berlin Social Science Center, Berlin; Director, Sydney Democracy Network, Sydney Chair

Dr. Jan JERSCHINA

Professor of the Institute of Public Affairs, Jagiellonian University; Chair of Applied Social Research

1962-63 teacher at Pedagogical Lycée
1963-2002 academic teacher at the Jagiellonian University and at Oxfort University, Duke University, Vienna European Institute

BA (Hons) MA John KEANE

Professor of Politics, WZB - Berlin Social Science Center, Berlin; Director, Sydney Democracy Network, Sydney

 Studied Politics and Philosophy at the Universities Adelaide, Toronto and Cambridge
1971 BA, First Class Honours with Highest Distinction, Department of Politics, University of Adelaide
1974 MA, Department of Political Economy, University of Toronto (Commonwealth Fellow)
1977 PhD, University of Toronto (Commonwealth Fellow; dissertation supervisor: Professor C B Macpherson)
1979-1980 Post-Doctoral Fellowship, King's College, Cambridge
1989-2000 Founder and Director, Centre for the Study of Democracy
1992 Professorial Associate, Clingendael Institute, den Haag, Netherlands
1996 Distinguished Professor, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University
1998 and 2000-2001 Visiting Professor, Department of Communication, University of California at San Diego
2001 Karl Deutsch Professor, Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin
2002-2003 Senior Fellow, Institute for Public Policy Research, London

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