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The politics of civil society: Neoliberalism or Social Left?

Frederick Powell


This book offers a wide-ranging analysis of recent shifts in the ideas and paradigms that underpin social policy. Since the 1980s the renaissance of civil society has introduced new ideas about the nature of power, citizenship, and human rights, which radically challenge the dominance of the state, the power of professionals, and the welfare system itself. The book traces the historical roots of these apparent changes and movements, demonstrates in detail their often paradoxical results, and speculates about the whole future of social policy.

Keywords: social policy, civil society, power, citizenship, human rights, state, professionals, welfare system

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9781861347640
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781861347640.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Frederick Powell, author