Civil Society in the Age of Monitory Democracy

Studies on Civil Society Band 7

Lars Witoszek, Nina Taylor, Bron Tragardh

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Since the emergence of the dissident "parallel polis" in Eastern Europe, civil society has become a "new superpower," influencing democratic transformations, human rights, and international co-operation; co-designing economic trends, security and defense; reshaping the information society; and generating new ideas on the environment, health, and the "good life." This volume seeks to compare and reassess the role of civil society in the rich West, the poorer South, and the quickly expanding East in the context of the twenty-first century's challenges. It presents a novel perspective on civic movements testing John Keane's notion of "monitory democracy": an emerging order of public scrutiny and monitoring of power.

Lars Trägårdh is Professor of History and Civil Society Studies at Ersta Sköndal University College in Stockholm, Sweden. In 2011 he was appointed to the Commission on the Future of Sweden led by the Prime Minister of Sweden, Fredrik Reinfeldt.

Nina Witoszek is Research Professor and Research Director at the Centre for Development and the Environment at the University of Oslo.

Bron Taylor is Professor of Religion and Nature at the University of Florida, and a Carson Fellow at the Rachel Carson Center in Munich.

Nina Witoszek is Research Professor and Research Director at the Centre for Development and the Environment at the University of Oslo.

"This is an ambitious effort to capture and contextualize highly diverse broad-ranging trends of contemporary and emerging civil society worldwide and to open a debate on how to theorize these trends. It provides a set of conceptual and theoretical inroads as well as a variety of empirical cases on state - civil society relations and is a welcomed contribution to the field of civil society studies and democratization studies." * Jens Stilhoff Sorensen, Swedish Institute of International Affairs, Stockholm "[A]collection of original and sophisticated chapters. The combination of theoretical and empirical chapters - addressing and debating political activism (understood here through the concept of 'civil society') and the state and nature of contemporary democracy in various different contexts - is convincing and makes the collection an attractive and valuable contribution to our understanding of contemporary political dynamics." * Sabine Selchow, London School of Economics


Einband gebundene Ausgabe
Erscheinungsdatum 01.05.2013
Herausgeber Lars Tragardh, Nina Witoszek, Bron Taylor
Verlag Berghahn Books
Seitenzahl 358
Maße (L/B/H) 23,5/15,7/2,3 cm
Gewicht 598 g
Sprache Englisch
ISBN 978-0-85745-756-1

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  • Introduction
    Lars Trägårdh and Nina Witoszek

    Chapter 1. The Dawn of Monitory Democracy
    John Keane

    Chapter 2. Civil Society in the Age of Crisis
    John Clark

    Chapter 3. Digital Deprivation: New Media, Civil Society and Sustainability
    Paddy Coulter and Cathy Baldwin

    Chapter 4. "Monitory" versus "Managed" Democracy: Does Civil Society Matter in Contemporary Russia?
    Kathryn Stoner-Weiss

    Chapter 5. Monitory Democracy and Ecological Civilization in the People's Republic of China
    James Miller

    Chapter 6. Tenuous Spaces: Civil Society in Burma/Myanmar
    David Steinberg

    Chapter 7. Kenya's Green Belt Movement: Contributions, Conflict, Contradictions, and Complications in a Prominent ENGO
    Bron Taylor

    Chapter 8. A New Direction in Transnational Civil Society: The Politics of Muslim NGO Coalitions
    Zeynep Atalay

    Chapter 9. Anti-Totalitarian Feminism? Civic Resistance in Iran
    Nina Witoszek and Haideh Daragahi

    Chapter 10. Associative Democracy in the Swedish Welfare State
    Lars Trägårdh

    Chapter 11. State Capture of Civil Society: Effects of Patronage in the Norwegian Aid Industry
    Asle Toje

    Chapter 12. Civil Society as a Driver of Governance Innovation: A Montesquieu Perspective
    Atle Midttun

    Chapter 13. Afterword: An Ounce of Action is Worth a Ton of Theory
    Bill McKibben prefaced by Nina Witoszek and Lars Trägårdh