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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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Modernity, civil society and civic virtue

Modernity, civil society and civic virtue

(p.27) Two Modernity, civil society and civic virtue
The politics of civil society

Frederick Powell

Policy Press

This chapter examines the historical relationship between modernity, civil society, and civic virtue. It demonstrates the value base of social policy. It argues that civil society is rooted in civic republicanism, secularism, and socialism. However, it notes that the origins of civil society, in social policy terms, are intimately connected to a much older tradition of charity that defined civic virtue but not always in humanistic ways.

Keywords:   modernity, civil society, civic virtue, social policy, civic republicanism, civic secularism, civic socialism

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