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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 Velvet Revolutions

The Velvet Revolutions

Chapter:
(p.139) Six The Velvet Revolutions
Source:
The politics of civil society
Author(s):

Frederick Powell

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781861347640.003.0007

This chapter discusses the Velvet Revolutions that commenced in 1989, replacing totalitarianism in Eastern Europe with democracy. It links this development to the crisis in the welfare state in Western Europe and explores the question of whether the growth of civil society represents a broader rejection of state collectivism and modernity. It notes the existence of another side to modernity, in which the state becomes an instrument of terror and civil society is co-opted into its apparatus.

Keywords:   Velvet Revolutions, totalitarianism, Eastern Europe, democracy, welfare state, civil society, collectivism, modernity

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