Danish civil society from a comparative perspective

This subproject project is divided into two parts, one theoretical-conceptual, and the other historical-empirical.

The first part starts from a rereading of the canon of Western political philosophy that excavates a popular-republican understanding of ‘civil society’ that has today been more or less forgotten. It culminates with the proposal of an institutional-empirical framework for conceptualizing and comparing countries as “civil societies”, the Index of Civil Society (INCISO).

The second part probes the relevance of the popular-republican reinterpretation of intellectual history through an original comparative historical sociological study of whether and how a republican vision of civil(ising) society mattered (to different degrees) in the development of the three nation-states of Scandinavia. In particular, the subproject discusses the relevance of popular-republican ideas in shaping the worldviews of popular class-based movements of workers and peasants. It is in this part of the project that the specificity of Danish civil society is critically examined. 

This subproject is carried out by Andreas Møller Mulvad.


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Successful PhD Defense

Congratulations to CISTAS researcher Anders Sevelsted!
Seminar at Australian National University (ANU)

CISTAS researcher, Maj Grasten, is invited to give a seminar at the ANU on her work on global civil society and international law
SSHA annual conference 2017:

The CISTAS project will be presenting two panels at this years 42nd Annual Meeting of the Social Science History Association in Quebec, Canada.
Call for contributions to Voluntas special issue:

Civil Society Organizations: the Site of Legitimizing the Common Good.
34th Egos Colloquium in Tallinn:

Call for papers to sub-theme on Civil Society.