Saturday, 4 December 1999

From "The emergence of the governance agenda: sovereignty, neo-liberal bias and the politics of international development"

By Rob Jenkins (in the Companion to development studies, p. 488).

By seeking to recreate a badly flawed vision of how "functional" civil societies in the West actually operate -- or, even worse, operatied at an earlier stage in their development trajectories -- both social theorists and development practitioners have betrayed an instinctive reluctance to face up to civil society's inherently precarious condition and sometimes ugly character, or to let democracy do its unpredicable work [...]

[Cf. Gellner, Ernest (1994), Conditions of Liberty: Civil Society and Its Rivals, London: Hamish Hamilton.]

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