Civil Society and Mirror Images of Weak States: Bangladesh by Jasmin Lorch

By Jasmin Lorch

This ebook investigates theoretically and empirically even if and (if so) how country weak spot impacts the best way nationwide civil societies represent themselves, utilizing Bangladesh and the Philippines as case experiences. a colourful civil society is generally perceived as a major component of democracy, yet does this carry for civil society in vulnerable states besides? What does civil society appear like in contexts of nation weak spot? How a lot and what sort of political impact does it have in such settings? And are its actors relatively able and keen to give a contribution to democracy in states the place self sustaining and criminal bureaucratic associations are vulnerable? Addressing every one of those questions, the writer issues find out how to a few demanding re-thinking in regards to the foundation for and method of improvement suggestions to and through neighborhood civil society, with the most important repercussions for the ways that foreign improvement help is designed and funded.

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Kocka. 2004. Einleitung: Zivilgesellschaft—national und transnational. In Zivilgesellschaft—national und transnational, WZB Jahrbuch 2003, ed. D. Gosewinkel, D. Rucht, W. van den Daele, and J. Kocka, 11–28. Berlin: Edition sigma.  Nay. 2014. ‘Fragile States’: Introducing a Political Concept. The Third World Quarterly 35(2): 197–209. H. 2004. Introduction: Civil Society in Southeast Asia. In Civil Society in Southeast Asia, ed.  Guan, 1–26. Singapore: NIAS Press. -K. 2004. Civil Society Effectiveness and the Vietnamese State: Despite or Because of the Lack of Autonomy.

Similarly, they can, to a certain degree, be assumed to be inclusive and pluralistic in nature and to bridge social cleavages. Accordingly, real, existing civil societies, in this sense, can be expected to be characterized by a certain degree of “civility” and, to a certain extent, to perform democratic functions, such as watchdog and representative functions or the generation of social capital. g. Anheier et al. 2000; Anheier et al. 2003, esp. 1 At the same time, however, the autonomy of real, existing civil society groups is always bound to be limited and, depending on the context in which they operate, the internal structures of civil society organizations may also display unrepresentative, exclusive and hierarchical features.

13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 21 Leonhard (2004); Reichardt (2004); Tandon (1996); Wischermann (2005); Yang (2004). g. Coffé and Geys (2006). See also Wischermann (2005) on this point. In this study, the author further develops a relational approach to civil society first conceptualized in a study on civil society in Burma (Lorch 2006). In developing her relational approach the author was inspired by Gosewinkel (2003, esp. ), Gosewinkel et al. (2004, esp.  18–21) and Gosewinkel and Rucht (2004) to whom she is indebted.

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