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Civil Society, Democracy and Democratization


Dorota Pietrzyk-Reeves

The book contributes to the ongoing discussion and research on civil society in the context of democracy and democratization. It provides a theoretical analysis of civil society, participation, the public sphere and democratic consolidation in light of normative democratic theory and the challenges of democratic transformation in Central and Eastern Europe. It also offers a novel approach to some of the key issues in that debate including corruption and democratic consolidation, active citizenship, civic unity and the rule of law as well as theories of democratization. Finally, it asks the question as to whether a properly functioning democracy must be complemented with civil society and the numerous roles it plays in a political community of free citizens.
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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Names: Pietrzyk-Reeves, Dorota, 1975- author. Title: Civil society, democracy and democratization / Dorota Pietrzyk-Reeves. Description: Peter Lang : Frankfurt am Main, 2015. | Series: Warsaw studies in philosophy and social sciences, ISSN 2196-0143 ; v. 6 Identifiers: LCCN 2015050724| ISBN 9783631665268 | ISBN 9783653058536 (E-book) Subjects: LCSH: Civil society—Europe, Eastern. | Civil society—Europe, Central. | Democracy—Europe, Eastern. | Democracy—Europe, Central. | Democratization—Europe, Eastern. | Democratization—Europe, Central. | Europe, Eastern—Politics and government—1989- | Europe, Central—Politics and government—1989- Classification: LCC JC599.E92 P54 2016 | DDC 306.20947—dc23 LC record available at

This publication was financially supported by the Faculty of International and Political Studies of the Jagiellonian University in Cracow.

ISSN 2196-0143 ISBN 978-3-631-66526-8 (Print) E-ISBN 978-3-653-05853-6 (E-Book) DOI 10.3726/978-3-653-05853-6

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