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Civil society is often expected to rise above historical and contemporary socio-economic forces such as the neoliberal economic policy and undertake the transformation of a stratified society to an egalitarian society conducive to democracy. Democracy, Civil Society and Governance is an endeavour to critically examine such expectations. The book focuses on the interplay of democracy, civil society and public policy implementation, and addresses the role of civil society in terms of the changing nature of the economy and the condition of the working class. It highlights the reinforcement of hegemonic value systems by the contemporary mainstream civil society as well as the role of the pro-poor civil society in supporting and mobilizing the disadvantaged for their rights and justice. The book also critically evaluates government ...

Social Movements of the Non-poor
Social movements of the non-poor

Movements in the form of collective actions provide an important arena for discursive discourse on the common good, societal ethical values, obligation of the State, and also immediate and long-term issues that society is facing. They provide an opportunity to negotiate and confront the state and dominant classes in matters concerning the civil, political and economic rights of the citizens in general and of have-nots in particular. As movements mobilize people for participation in collective actions, a consciousness of the participants for their rights, entitlements and also a concern for the common good develop. Social movements are broadly divided into two categories. The first type of movements addresses the idea of a common good, equality ...

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