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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.

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

Dr. Jan JERSCHINA

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

-63 teacher at Pedagogical Lycée
1962

BA (Hons) MA John KEANE

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

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