Cloth $110.00 ISBN: 9781447307150 Published May 2013 For sale in North and South America only
Paper $42.95 ISBN: 9781447307143 Published May 2013 For sale in North and South America only

The Politics of Civil Society

Big Society and Small Government - Second Edition

Fred Powell

Fred Powell

Distributed for Policy Press at the University of Bristol

236 pages | 6 x 9 | © 2013
Cloth $110.00 ISBN: 9781447307150 Published May 2013 For sale in North and South America only
Paper $42.95 ISBN: 9781447307143 Published May 2013 For sale in North and South America only
In this fully revised edition of his groundbreaking book, Fred Powell looks behind “the mirror of power” to discover the real civil society—or Big Society—that lies beneath it. Articulating three forms of civil society—radical, liberal, and conservative—he examines a complex interplay between state and community, arguing that citizens contend for power via civil society. This is both a historic pursuit dating to antiquity and a contemporary democratic struggle between competing visions of modernity, the stakes of which are no less than “real” politics themselves as experienced by everyday citizens. The second edition includes a new concluding chapter on practical and policy implications.
Contents
Acknowledgements
Introduction

1. Doublethink: the ‘Big Society, Small Government’ debate
2. The renaissance of civil society
3. Modernity, civil society and civic virtue
4. Radical civil society, early social movements and the socialization of the state
5. Nietzsche’s revenge: totalitarian big society
6. Rights talk, new social movements and civic revolts
7. American exceptionalism, multicultural civil society and Plato’s noble lie
8.  Global civil society: myth or reality?

References
Index
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