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Studies on Civil Society
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Markets and Civil Society
The European Experience in Comparative Perspective
Edited by Victor Perez-Diaz
278 pages, 12 tables, bibliog., index
ISBN 978-1-84545-607-8 $135.00/£99.00 Hb Published (July 2009)
ISBN 978-1-78238-338-3 $34.95/£27.95 Pb Published (January 2014)
eISBN 978-1-84545-937-6 eBook
"Markets and Civil Society examines the complex interactions between the economic institutions and the system of voluntary organizations in liberal democracies, as well as the political consequences of these interactions. Overall, this volume is a major addition to the literature on civil society." · Carlos Waisman, University of California, San Diego
The nature of the currently emerging European society, which includes the economic and social transformation of Eastern and Central European countries, has been hotly debated. At its center is the relationship between markets and civil society within political and social contexts. The contributors to this volume offer perspectives from various disciplines (the social sciences, conceptual history, law, economics) and from several European countries in order to explore the ways in which markets influence various forms of civil society, such as individual freedom, social cohesion, economic effectiveness and democratic governance, and influence the construction of a civil society in a broader sense.
Victor Pérez-Díaz received his Ph D from Harvard University and is now Professor of Sociology at the Complutense University of Madrid and Director of the ASP Research Center. He has been a visiting professor of government at Harvard University, MIT, University of California at San Diego, the SciencesPo, and New York University. His recent books include The Return Of Civil Society (Harvard, 1993), Spain at the Crossroads (Harvard, 1999), and La Lezione Spagnola (Il Mulino, 2003).