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Political Economy of Civil Society

Pabst, Adrian (2018) Political Economy of Civil Society. In: Cardinale, Ivano and Scazzieri, Roberto, eds. The Palgrave Handbook of Political Economy. Palgrave Macmillan, London, UK, pp. 289-331. ISBN 978-1-137-44254-3. (doi:10.1057/978-1-137-44254-3_10) (KAR id:71222)

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This chapter explores the role of civil society in relation to the economy and the polity by focusing on three distinct yet related dimensions: (1) the conceptual history of civil society in relation to political economy; (2) the theory underpinning a political economy of civil society; (3) the implications of a political economy of civil society for policy-making. The main argument is that there is a fundamental difference between ancient and medieval conceptions, which emphasise natural sociability, and modern accounts that accentuate a violent ‘state of nature’. As a result, civil society either reflects the fundamental embeddedness of economic and political processes in social relations or is an artificial construct. The chapter develops a typology of four modern models, provides a theory of the political economy of civil society and outlines a series of policy ideas.

Item Type: Book section
DOI/Identification number: 10.1057/978-1-137-44254-3_10
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Politics and International Relations
Depositing User: Adrian Pabst
Date Deposited: 17 Dec 2018 13:15 UTC
Last Modified: 09 Dec 2022 03:30 UTC
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