Civil Society, the Left and Community Organising: Towards a Progressive Politics

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    The banking collapse and global financial crisis of recent years raises important questions about human agency and the extent to which, if at all, people in their localities and institutions can in any way challenge or resist such structural forces. Despite the scale and impact of the crisis, the state-market nexus which from the 1970s onwards advanced neo-liberal forms of capitalism throughout much of the world, has remained intact. In the face of what would appear to be overbearing economic and political forces attention has turned towards civil society both in terms of its potential to ameliorate the effects of the crisis and in more radical terms challenge neo-liberal hegemony. The chapter considers this turn towards civil society and the possibilities for a progressive politics bringing together interests from the Left and civil society to challenge neo-liberal hegemony.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationLooking for Consensus?: Civil Society, Social Movements and Crises for Public Management
    EditorsJohn Diamond, Joyce Liddle
    Place of PublicationBingley, Bradford
    PublisherEmerald Books
    Number of pages168
    ISBN (Print)9781781907245
    Publication statusPublished - 2013

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    NameCritical Perspectives on International Public Sector Management


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