Danish civil society from a comparative perspective

This sub-project draws on republican theories of democracy to develop an original theoretical lens through which to rethink ‘Civil Society’. In the republican-democratic view, Civil Society is not a ‘third sector’ beyond the state and the market as in the currently dominant liberal understanding of the concept. Rather, Civil Society designates a political community (or in modern times a state), in which 
a) the control of the state apparatus lies in the hands of an empowered citizenry, and 
b) a “moral economy” has been constitutionalized, in the form of basic socio-economic rights to all citizens.
Civil Society, then, is not what lies beyond the ‘logics’ of ‘the state’ and ‘the market’, but rather refers to a society, which has been both politically and economically democratized.
Based on this republican concept of civil society, the historical-empirical part of the subproject compares main lines in the development of modernity in China and Western Europe (including Denmark) to ask:
1) Why did the liberal vision of Civil Society as a non-state sphere come to eclipse the classical republican vision of civil society as democratic statehood in Western European societies?  
2) Why has the vision of Civil Society – whether in its liberal or democratic-republican form – not (yet) become a dominant concept in modern Chinese society?
3) What are the conditions of possibility for a revival of the republican vision of Civil Society in both Western Europe and China?

This subproject is carried out by Andreas Møller Mulvad.


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A talk and workshop with Prof. Aris Komporozos-Athanasiou on April 12 at CBS. Registration required
Three interesting papers by Andreas Mulvad are now accessible at the new publications page

A new publications page has been added to the webpage with three papers by Andreas Mulvad and more to follow
New Deadlines for Movements and Morality Conference

If you wish to participate in the conference Movements & Morality new deadlines have been made!
Lars Bo joins panel on civil society

Lars Bo has agreed to sit on the panel for the Civil Society Knowledge Center made by the Danish independent online paper Altinget.
Book Launch: From Financial Crisis to Social Change: Towards Alternative Horizons (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018)

In this edited volume, CISTAS researcher Andreas Møller Mulvad has contributed with a chapter