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Civil society: Civil society encompasses non-governmental organizations, community groups, and individuals outside of government and commercial sectors. It plays a crucial role in social, political, and cultural activities, often advocating for public interests.
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Colin Crouch on Civil Society - Dictionary of Arguments

Brocker I 948
Civil Society/Crouch: For Crouch, civil society is no solution to the post-democratic crisis as long as it pursues the same enforcement of particular goals as the associations and lobbies of industry and the populist parties with their popular campaigns and their political marketing.
Solution/Crouch: The purpose of politics would be to keep democratic institutions free from the dominance of economic power and to remove the influence of an unlegitimized expertocracy so that the state can once again take over "care of the lives of ordinary people"(1).

1. Colin Crouch, Postdemocrazia, Rom/Bari 2003 (engl.: Oxford 2004). Dt.: Colin Crouch, Postdemokratie, Frankfurt/M. 2008, p. 30

Ludger Heidbrink, „Colin Crouch, Postdemokratie“, in: Manfred Brocker (ed.) Geschichte des politischen Denkens. Das 20. Jahrhundert. Frankfurt/M. 2018

Explanation of symbols: Roman numerals indicate the source, arabic numerals indicate the page number. The corresponding books are indicated on the right hand side. ((s)…): Comment by the sender of the contribution. Translations: Dictionary of Arguments
The note [Concept/Author], [Author1]Vs[Author2] or [Author]Vs[term] resp. "problem:"/"solution:", "old:"/"new:" and "thesis:" is an addition from the Dictionary of Arguments. If a German edition is specified, the page numbers refer to this edition.

PolCrouch I
Colin Crouch
Henry Farrell
Breaking the path of institutional development? Alternatives to the new determinism 2004

PolCrouch II
Colin Crouch
Post-democracy London 2004

Brocker I
Manfred Brocker
Geschichte des politischen Denkens. Das 20. Jahrhundert Frankfurt/M. 2018

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