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Contemporary Political Theory: Global Civil Society? (Hardback)
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Contemporary Political Theory: Global Civil Society? (Hardback)

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Hardback 236 Pages / Published: 17/04/2003
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John Keane, a leading scholar of political theory, tracks the recent development of a big idea with fresh potency - global civil society. In this timely book, Keane explores the contradictory forces currently nurturing or threatening its growth, and he shows how talk of global civil society implies a political vision of a less violent world, founded on legally sanctioned power-sharing arrangements among different and intermingling forms of socio-economic life. Keane's reflections are pitted against the widespread feeling that the world is both too complex and too violent to deserve serious reflection. His account borrows from various scholarly disciplines, including political science and international relations, to challenge the silence and confusion within much of contemporary literature on globalisation and global governance. Against fears of terrorism, rising tides of xenophobia, and loose talk of 'anti-globalisation', the defence of global civil society mounted here implies the need for new democratic ways of living.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521815437
Number of pages: 236
Weight: 520 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 17 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
The most learned, erudite, and encompassing book on the global civil society of this century.' Amitai Etzioni, author of The New Golden Rule
'John Keane's book is an imaginative and productive experiment in contemporary democratic thinking. It is challenging and provocative, and it provides structured orientation in a wide, confusing and unsettled field.' Hans-Jurgen Puhle, University of Frankfurt
'John Keane has applied his sharp intellect and moral commitments to a topic of political importance but persistent conceptual confusion to produce a book of forceful clarity and coherence. A sparkling contribution to contemporary political thought.' Bryan Turner, University of Cambridge
'... really thought-provoking in addressing a number of issues that we confront in a contemporary world that is becoming more interdependent and volatile than ever ... the book is genuinely stimulating and enjoyable in many respects. The space here is too short to summarise its rich arguments, and readers are invited to take their own look.' Development Policy Review
"The book contains...brilliant thoughts that make reading it worthwhile...The major strength of Keane's book is the profound learnedness and academic confidence its chapters convey to the reader." Helmut K. Anheier, University of California, Los Angeles, and the London School of Economics, American Journal of Sociology
"The most learned, erudite, and encompassing book on the global civil society, of this century." Amitai Etzioni, Author of The New Golden Rule
"John Keane's book is an imaginative and productive experiment in contemporary democratic thinking. It is challenging and provocative, and it provides structured orientation in a wide, confusing and unsettled field." Hans-Jurgen Puhle, University of Frankfurt
"John Keane has applied his sharp intellect and moral commitments to a topic of political importance but persistent conceptual confusion to produce a book of forceful clarity and coherence. A sparkling contribution to contemporary political thought." Bryan Turner, University of Cambridge
"This book is an invaluable contribution to a subject of increasing significance in the 21st century. Highly recommended." Choice

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