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Interacting Fruitfully with Un-Civil Society

The dilemma for non-civil society organizations (Part #1)


Presentation to a World Bank workshop on Civil Society in the FSU and East/Central Europe (Washington, 16th October 1996)
Published in Transnational Associations, 49, 1997, 3, pp. 124-132 [PDF version]


Preamble
Introduction
Definitional games: UNDP
Definitional games: UNESCO
Definitional games: the United Nations NGO Review Process
"Civil society" ?
Conceptual omissions
Un-civil society
Policy implications in relation to the FSU
Un-civil society and organized crime
Creative challenge
Metaphors of civil society
References

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Preamble

This paper acknowledges the quantity of research and evaluative studies that has been done on non-governmental organizations, civil society and third sector questions over the past decades -- and more recently in relation to Eastern Europe. However, in an effort to increase the policy relevance of future studies, it takes a critical stance with regard to the way these topics have been framed in the past -- and their limited significance for development policy. Some apology is therefore in order for those who would expect a different style of paper.nt policy. Some apology is therefore in order for those who would expect a different style of paper.