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Uncivil societies
Célestin Monga

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Uncivil societies
a theory of sociopolitical change
Celestin Monga.

Published 2009 by World Bank in [Washington, D.C .
Written in English.

About the Book

"In times of crises, it is always useful to revisit some of the paradigms that underlie collective thinking and action. For nearly 200 years, most social science has relied on the assumption that the emergence of strong and nurturing social capital through a vibrant civil society yields all kind of positive externalities to society. Following intuition and anecdotal observations from Alexis de Tocqueville, a large body of theoretical and empirical research has attempted to confirm that societies strive politically and economically when they are able to build strong non-state actors and community organizations. Many disciplines-mainly political science, economics, law, and international relations-have constructed influential analytical frameworks in support of that general proposition. This paper examines the philosophical foundations of conventional wisdom and observes that it often fails to take into account the dark side of some civil society groups, from the mafia to Al Qaeda. While acknowledging the potential contribution of civil society to the development process, the paper also cautions again the rush to circumvent the state, which sometimes sustains community-based initiatives in poor countries. It suggests the possibility of the production of negative social capital by non-state actors. "--World Bank web site.

Edition Notes

Title from PDF file as viewed on 5/26/2009.

Includes bibliographical references.

Also available in print.

System requirements: Adobe Acrobat Reader.

Mode of access: World Wide Web.

Series
Policy research working paper -- 4942, Policy research working papers (Online) -- 4942.

Classifications

Library of Congress
HG3881.5.W57

The Physical Object

Format
Electronic resource

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL23395077M
LC Control Number
2009655756

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