The Myth of Civil Society
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The Myth of Civil Society

Social Capital and Democratic Consolidation in Spain and Brazil
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ISBN-13:
9781349526864
Einband:
Book
Erscheinungsdatum:
13.11.2003
Seiten:
244
Autor:
O. Encarnación
Gewicht:
265 g
Format:
203x127x13 mm
Sprache:
Englisch
Beschreibung:

PART I: THE INTELLECTUAL TERRAIN Introduction The Revival of Civil Society PART II: SPAIN:m WEAK CIVIL SOCIETY, STRONG DEMOCRACY Spanish Civil Society in Transition Politics Political Institutions and Democratization in Spain PART III: BRAZIL: STRONG CIVIL SOCIETY, WEAK DEMOCRACY Brazilian Civil Society in Transition Politics Political Institutions and Democratization in Brazil PART IV: COMPARATIVE PERSPECTIVES Civil Society Re-considered
Almost irrespective of the geographic setting, the debate about the future of democracy in post-authoritarian societies is increasingly tied to the strength of civil society. A strong civil society is thought to be crucial to the emergence of successful democracies while a weak civil society is deemed the cause of flawed or frozen democracies. Using contrasting evidence from Spain and Brazil, this study challenges these widespread assumptions about contemporary democratization. It argues that it is the performance of political institutions rather than the configuration of civil society that determines the consolidation of democratic regimes.