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The politics of civil society: Big society and small government

Fred Powell


2011 shook the world politically. The Occupy Movement, Los Indignados and the Greek Aganaktismenoi (outraged) reacted to zombie capitalis in the West, while the Arab Spring challenged political tyrannies in the Maghreb-Mashreq region. Democracy became the meta-question of the moment. New communicative technologies, unleashed a tidal wave of civic protest that spread across the globe, bringing new political actors on to the street. But what does this protest movement mean? Are we on the threshold of a transformation in global political consciousness? Is civil society the necessary counter- ... More

Keywords: Civil Society, Active Citizenship, Social Movements, Civic Protest, Big Society

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9781447307150
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447307150.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Fred Powell, author