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Civicus Global Survey of the State of Civil Society

Volume 1 Country Profiles

V.Finn Heinrich Kumi Naidoo



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Kumarian Press
15 May 2007
After the 1990s, civil society, in all its many forms, was no longer seen as the flawless solution to the world's problems as it once was. Calls for accountability, a lack of agreement among scholars as to the exact definition of civil society and growing attention to civil actors as alternatives to governments, made the time ripe for self-analysis. The CIVICUS Civil Society Index (CSI) project is the result of rigorous self-examination by civil society actors around the world. How is something as vast and contested as civil society, measured? The hundreds of members and partners of CIVICUS that contribute to the CSI have focused not only on measurable, short-term indicators, but also on long-term and more complex processes that are often neglected in evaluations of civil society. Concise profiles of 44 countries make up this, the first of two volumes (the second to be released later in 2007). It looks at factors such as civic engagement, democracy, corruption, social capital, gender equity and civil society's role in policy, and the overall health of each country's civil society. In most chapters, assessments are followed by policy recommendations. The result is arguably the most encompassing picture of civil society ever produced.
By:   V.Finn Heinrich
Foreword by:   Kumi Naidoo
Imprint:   Kumarian Press
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 226mm,  Width: 152mm,  Spine: 23mm
Weight:   658g
ISBN:   9781565492356
ISBN 10:   1565492358
Pages:   500
Publication Date:   15 May 2007
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Reviews for Civicus Global Survey of the State of Civil Society: Volume 1 Country Profiles

CIVICUS admits to the civil society hype of the 1990s, and in this book, grounds us with an empirical assessment of the sector's actual strengths and weaknesses. The Civil Society Index, shown in operation here in 45 countries, is a very valuable tool for all those who want to establish the reality of what the nebulous term civil society really means. At a time when scholars of civil society are unable to agree on a common set of parameters for the measurement of this increasingly complex terrain, CIVICUS s Civil Society Index offers a far more diverse, and therefore compelling, assessment tool. By allowing civil society agents themselves to define and develop indicators in a country-specific, contextual, but fundamentally comparable manner, the CSI symbolizes the sort of democratic and bottom-up methodology that other transnational assessment processes would do well to emulate. I strongly recommend this volume to all those interested in the role, challenges and potential of civil society worldwide. This book presents, in one volume, a fascinating tour of the state of civil society in nations around the globe.

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