Civil Society and the Reconstruction of the Public Sphere: Ideologies between Theory and Politics

Gayil Talshir*

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Ideology is a field of power politics involved in analysing the constant battle for interpretation, reinterpretation, ruling, and controlling public discourse. Far from 'the end of ideology', the study of ideology provides a critical tool in assessing the contemporary crisis of democratic legitimation and acts as a broker between the 'separate tables' of political science-comparative politics and political thought. This chapter analyses the transformations of the four ideological families in liberal democracies and their process of internal ideational refurbishing in view of the move from a dichotomous notion of the public sphere between the private and the public to a threefold reading of the relationship between politics, economics, and civil society. This analysis provides, in turn, a decisive tool in favour of the thesis of the realignment of political parties rather than the prevalent dealignment thesis.

Original languageAmerican English
Title of host publicationLiberalism as Ideology
Subtitle of host publicationEssays in Honour of Michael Freeden
Place of PublicationOxford
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages22
ISBN (Electronic)9780191738203
ISBN (Print)9780199600670
StatePublished - 24 May 2012

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  • Civil society
  • Dealignment
  • Democracy
  • Democratic legitimation
  • Ideology
  • Realignment


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