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Civil Societies and Social Movements
Potentials and Problems

Edited By

Derrick Purdue

ISBN 9780415399333
Published June 6, 2007 by Routledge
256 Pages 14 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This volume examines and contributes to debates surrounding social capital, social movements and the role of civil society in emerging forms of governance.

The authors adopt a broad range of research approaches, from testing hypotheses drawn from rationale choice theory against available statistics on associations, to ethnographic study of emerging attempts at participant / deliberative democracy. Divided into three clear sections, focusing on the following core aspects of civil society:

• the position of civic organizations between state and society in emerging forms of governance

• the geographical scales of social movement mobilizations and actions from the local to the global

• the patterns of public trust and civic engagement that falls under the rubric of social capital.

The book draws on case studies from a wide range of countries, including: Russia, Ukraine, Britain, Greece, Spain, Germany, Argentina and new Asian democracies.

Presenting current research on the key dimensions of civil society, Civil Societies and Social Movements will appeal to those researching and studying in the fields of political science, sociology and social policy.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Dimensions of Civil Society
Derrick Purdue

SECTION 1: Civic Organizations between State and Society in Emerging Forms of Governance
2. Civic organizations and the State in Putin’s Russia: Co-operation, Co-optation, Confrontation
Suvi Salmenniemi
3. What Happened after the ‘End of History’? Foreign Aid and Civic Organizations in Ukraine
Kateryna Pishchikova
4. Civic Organizations and Local Governance:  Learning from the Experience of Community Networks
John Diamond 

SECTION II: Civic Societies and Social Movements from Local to Global: Arenas for Mobilization and Action
5. Social Movement Scenes: Infrastructures of Opposition in Civil  Society
Sebastian Haunss and Darcy K. Leach 
6. Between Horizontal Bridging and Vertical Governance: Pro-Beneficiary Movements in New Labour Britain
Manlio Cinalli 
7. Networks of Protest on Global Issues in Greece 2002-3
Moses A. Boudourides and Iosif A. Botetzagias 
8. Protest and protesters in advanced industrial democracies. The case of the 15th February global anti-war demonstrations
Joris Verhulst and Stefaan Walgrave 

SECTION III: Social Capital and Trust within Different Democratic Systems
9. On the externalities of social capital: between myth and reality
Luigi Curini 
10. Creating Social Capital and Civic Virtue: Historical Legacy and Individualistic Values. What Civil Society in Spain?
Rafael Vázquez García 
11. Social Capital and Political Trust in New Democracies in Asia: Ingredients of Deliberative Communication and Democratic Governance
Ji-Young Kim 
12. Creating Social Capital through Deliberative Participation. The Experience of the Argentine Popular Assemblies
Julien D. Talpin 
13. Conclusion: Civil society, social movements and social capital
Derrick Purdue 

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Derrick Purdue is Senior Research Fellow in the Cities Research Centre of the University of the West of England, Bristol, UK.