Civil Society and Government

Nancy L. Rosenblum*, Charles H.T. Lesch

*Corresponding author for this work

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This article investigates the relation and connection between civil society and government. It explains civil society and government have their own conceptual and institutional histories, and each of these histories has a foot in both political theory and social and political developments. It describes shifting boundaries of civil societygovernment relations and underscores the potentially transformative move towards partnerships that reach into areas that were previously marked out as separate terrains.

Original languageAmerican English
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Civil Society
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780199940196
ISBN (Print)9780195398571
StatePublished - 1 May 2012
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© 2011 by John Swenson. All rights reserved.


  • Civil society
  • Government
  • Political developments
  • Political theory
  • Social developments


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