Civil society in the countries of the European Union:
ideology, institutions and advance of democracy


Lane D.,

Emeritus Fellow of Emmanuel College, Cambridge University, Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, dsl10@cam.ac.uk



For citation:

Lane D. Civil society in the countries of the European Union: ideology, institutions and advance of democracy. – Polis. Political Studies. 2012. No. 2. P. 98-116. (In Russ.)



Abstract

The paper examines the significance of “civil society” promotion as a component of the new modes of governance proposed within the EU and its member states. “Civil society” is analysed as a form of political coordination under capitalism; as a reform ideology in the process of opposition under communism; as a policy legitimising democratisation; and as an ideological component of neo-liberalism in the enlargement of the European Union. The paper proposes a model distinguishing the different roles played by ‘civil society’ discourse in the transformation of state socialism.

Keywords
civil society; transformation; EU; the promotion of democracy; new EU member states; neoliberalism.

 


Content No. 2, 2012

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