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Recent Breakthroughs in Civil Society Research

Reactive vs Proactive Exploration of Opportunities and Alternatives? (Part #1)


This note benefits from the comments of Joel Fischer as editor of Volume 4 (annual) of the Yearbook of International Organizations (and specifically the section on Publications Concerning Transnational Nongovernmental Organizations and Intergovernmental Organization).
Introduction
"Reactive" Breakthroughs
In Search of "Proactive" Breakthroughs
Research drivers
Conclusions
References

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Introduction

The purpose of this note is to endeavour to create a framework through which to recognize what might be understood to be the "breakthroughs" in civil society research from the end of the 1980s. The question raised is whether the majority of these breakthroughs were in reactive response to events beyond the immediate preoccupations of the academic community.

In contrast to such "reactive" breakthroughs, pointers are offered to potential research breakthroughs that might be understood as endeavouring to frame and enable civil society processes in new ways. As a point of comparison, pointers to possible research in the 1970s are presented.

ways. As a point of comparison, pointers to possible research in the 1970s are presented.