Civil Society Revisited: Possibilities for increasing community collaboration in a competitive world

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Title Civil Society Revisited: Possibilities for increasing community collaboration in a competitive world
Author Howes, Michael James; Lyons, Kristen; Bryant, Sharon Lee
Publication Title APSA Conference - Refereed papers
Editor Christine Beasley, Lisa Hill, Carol Johnson, Greg McCarthy, Clem Macintyre
Year Published 2004
Place of publication Adelaide
Publisher University of Adelaide
Abstract Civil society holds a special place in the heart of political science. This space between the 'harsh acquisitive world'1 of business and the 'faceless bureaucracy' of the state has been much studied, with particular attention being paid to those community groups that have emerged to challenge or supplement government. Some theories have portrayed such groups as a necessary buffer between the state and the public, while pluralism has them competing for policy influence. More recently, the diverse proliferation of rising civil society action has been variously taken as evidence of post-industrialism, post-modernism, or reflexive modernisation. The rise of neoliberal discourses in public policy has had a twofold effect. First, it has shifted some responsibilities from the state to non-government organisations. Second, it has paradoxically encouraged both new competition and new alliances between different parts of the community. So what really is, or could be, the role of community groups within civil society? This paper addresses this question by using the recent rise of collaborative initiatives around Australia as examples. It argues that many groups that have traditionally been on opposite sides of issues may now have an opportunity to construct a shared vision of what they want to achieve. In so doing they might actually increase their effectiveness in bringing their visions to fruition.
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Conference name Australasian Political Studies Association Conference 2005
Location University of Adelaide
Date From 2004-09-29
Date To 2004-10-01
Date Accessioned 2005-03-11
Language en_AU
Research Centre Urban Research Program
Faculty Faculty of Environmental Sciences
Subject Public Policy
Publication Type Conference Publications (Full Written Paper - Refereed)
Publication Type Code e1

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