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As good governance becomes more and more important with societies all over adjusting to the reality of the emerging world, the good governance discourse paradoxically seems to be exhausting itself. This is the time to revive it.
The Intelligent Person's Guide to Good Governance is unique in that it takes the discourse on governance beyond its self-inflicted narrow perspective by providing an integrated treatment of various relevant issues, for example, the role of the state or the idea of civil society. In carrying out a lucid analysis of a fluid concept, this book offers a ‘one-stop’ resource for understanding the subject. The central argument of the book that any serious engagement with good governance must go beyond an exclusive reliance on the state or the market ...
Chapter 4: The Idea of Civil Society
The Idea of Civil Society
The idea of civil society has a big international circulation but rather limited conceptual clarity. It provides an illustration of the principle that conceptual clarity is needed not only for theoretical reasons but also for practical purposes. A concept that suffers from ambiguity can bring confusion in real life. The rediscovery of this idea in different contexts on the other hand shows that it responds to different social needs. This makes it important to consider the idea of civil society, preferably in different societal contexts.
Civil Society in Different Societal Contexts
Dorota Pietrzyk (2003) considers the concept useful in the context of post-Communist European societies which have adopted the path of liberal democracy after the collapse of communism. ...