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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

(p.139) Six The Velvet Revolutions
The politics of civil society

Frederick Powell

Policy Press

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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