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Toward a Global Civil Society

Toward a Global Civil Society

Michael Walzer


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The demise of Communism has not only affected Eastern Europe but also the countries of the West where a far-reaching examination of political and economic systems has begun. This collection of essays by internationally renowned scholars of political theory from Europe and the United States explores both the concept and the reality of civil society and its institutions.

Michael Walzer has been a permanent faculty member at the School of Social Science, Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton since 1980. He is an editor of Dissent and a contributing editor of The New Republic, and has published among numerous works The Company of Critics (1988) and Interpretation and Social Criticism (1987).

Table of Contents

Section Title Page Action Price
Series Page ii
Title Page iii
Copyright Page iv
Table Of Contents v
Foreword ix
Introduction 1
Part I. The Concept Of Civil Society 5
Chapter 1. The Concept of Civil Society 7
Chapter 2. Private and Public Roles in Civil Society 29
Chapter 3. Interpreting the Notion of Civil Society 35
Chapter 4. Reconceptualizing Civil Society for Now 41
Chapter 5. Civil Society, Hard Cases and the End of the Cold War 69
Part II. The Communitarian Approach 75
Chapter 6. In Common Together 77
Chapter 7. Too Many Rights, Too Few Responsibilities 99
Chapter 8. Progressive Politics and Communitarian Culture 107
Chapter 9. Neo-Hegelian Reflections on the Communitarian Debate 113
Chapter 10. From Socialism to Communitarianism 127
Chapter 11. On Labels and Reasons 133
Part III. Economic Policy and Social Justice 147
Chapter 12. Economic Policy and the Role of the State 149
Chapter 13. Industrial Policy - Will Clinton Find the High Wage Path? 159
Chapter 14. Redefining the Role of the State to Facilitate Reform in East and West 173
Chapter 15. Between Social Darwinism and the Overprotective State 179
Chapter 16. Civil Society and Social Justice 195
Part IV. The Internationalization of Politics and Economics and the Challenge of Nationalism, Immigration and Minority Conflict 209
Chapter 18. East European Reform and West European Integration 211
Chapter 19. Rooted Cosmopolitanism 223
Chapter 20. Ethnicity, Migration and the Validity of the Nation-State 235
Chapter 21. Neither Politics Nor Economics 241
Chapter 22. The Left in the Process of Deemocratization in Central and Eastern European Countries 251
Part V. European Socialism and American Social Reform 259
Chapter 23. After the Disappointment of the Epoch 261
Chapter 24. Pluralism and the Left Identity 295
Chapter 25. What's Left After Socialism 301
Chapter 26. Some Reflections on the New World Order and Disorder 307
Notes On Contributors 317
Index 325