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The Political Economy of Civil Society and Human Rights : Routledge Studies in Social and Political Thought - Gary Brent Madison

The Political Economy of Civil Society and Human Rights

Routledge Studies in Social and Political Thought

Hardcover Published: 5th February 1998
ISBN: 9780415166775
Number Of Pages: 301

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Madison uses the concept of civil society and his distinctive version of 'communicative rationality' to provide a closely-argued and robust defence of the neo-liberal political and economic tradition.
Writing with considerable elegance and humour, the author draws on the hermeneutical and neo-pragmatist traditions, and on a diverse range of evidence and discussion, mainly concerning transitional economies and societies in Eastern Europe and around the world. Providing a systematic analysis of the multi-faceted notion of civil society, this book shows in detail how the three main orders of civil society - the moral-cultural, the political, and the economic - constitute 'spheres of autonomy'. At the same time, it illustrates how these different orders are closely interrelated and interact in a synergetic manner. A unique feature of this study is the way in which the author demonstrates how the logic of the various orders of civil society is, in a way appropriate to the distinct nature of each order, a logic of communicative rationality. The work concludes by arguing that the only sure way of achieving international justice is by the construction of civil society world-wide.

Introductionp. ix
The Idea of Civil Societyp. 1
The Year of Truthp. 1
The rebirth of an ideap. 7
Civil society and human rightsp. 11
A New Threat to an Old Ideap. 19
The new tribalismp. 19
Civil society versus communityp. 24
A word of warning from the Eastp. 33
Rethinking civil societyp. 35
The Moral-Cultural Orderp. 38
The importance of ideasp. 38
Communicative rationalityp. 41
Spontaneous orders and the order of truthp. 51
The rules of rationalityp. 57
The ethics of communicative rationalityp. 62
Freedom under seigep. 66
Freedom, a universal valuep. 73
The Political Orderp. 75
The spontaneous order of the democratic polityp. 75
The discussion/deliberation communityp. 78
The public realm: private interests and the public goodp. 88
The role of government in civil societyp. 102
The civic culture of a democratic regimep. 112
The polity and the economyp. 123
The Economic Orderp. 125
Democracy and the marketp. 125
The spontaneous order of the marketp. 132
The role of the state in the economyp. 151
Democratic capitalism and social justicep. 167
On Civil Society and International Justicep. 183
Notesp. 205
Referencesp. 273
Name indexp. 293
Subject indexp. 299
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ISBN: 9780415166775
ISBN-10: 0415166772
Series: Routledge Studies in Social and Political Thought
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 301
Published: 5th February 1998
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.03 x 16.26  x 2.77
Weight (kg): 0.66
Edition Number: 1