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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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News

01-08-2018
PhD scholarships in young people's self-organised networks and communities, democratic governance and social media.
 
 

Copenhagen Business School invites applications for a three-year position as PhD scholarships in the CISTAS project at the Department of Management, Politics and Philosophy (MPP). Application deadline 1.10.18
07-05-2018
Civil Society Research at EGOs
 
 

Together with leading scholars in the field, CISTAS project places civil society research on the agenda at EGOs through a SWG
07-05-2018
Workshops at MatchPoints Aarhus 2018
 
 

CISTAS participates at the MatchPoints seminar with two workshops
07-02-2018
CISTAS researcher Anders Sevelsted has been rewarded a 2-year Post-doc
 
 

On the project: The Moral Elites. Who shaped the Danish Welfare State (1890-1933)?
29-11-2017
Successful PhD Defense
 
 

Congratulations to CISTAS researcher Anders Sevelsted!