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The politics of civil societyNeoliberalism or Social Left?$
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Frederick Powell

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9781861347640

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861347640.001.0001

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The renaissance of civil society

The renaissance of civil society

(p.1) One The renaissance of civil society
The politics of civil society

Frederick Powell

Policy Press

This chapter explores the renaissance of civil society and its political significance and links this broader discussion to social policy as an intellectual activity. It notes that the civil society coexists in a triangular relationship with the state and the market. It then explains that modernism resulted in a fusion between the state and civil society. Postmodernism has refocused that relationship into a potential fusion with the market. This chapter also discusses how civil society provides an ethical framework for good governance because it represents the active voice of citizenship. It clarifies that social policy is deeply rooted in that ethical framework, as the expression of the need for civic virtue in governance.

Keywords:   civil society, social policy, intellectual activity, state, market, modernism, postmodernism, citizenship

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