Civility and Participatory Democracy: The Importance of Civil Society and Active Citizenship

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This thought-provoking book conceptualizes the importance of civil society and citizenship in building a sustainable and participatory democracy. It considers the ways in which networks and organizations promoting common interests contribute to this mediating space between the public and private spheres, examining the impacts of the diversity of values and attitudes held by these organizations. Taking a normative position, Thomas P. Boje argues for the importance of social justice and civility in an active, liberating, equitable and participatory society. This book concludes with a detailed discussion of the conditions required for a participatory democratic system in which all citizens are involved in the planning, decision-making and implementation of crucial decisions.

Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationCheltenham
PublisherEdward Elgar Publishing
Number of pages190
ISBN (Print)9781789907766
ISBN (Electronic)9781789907773
Publication statusPublished - 2021


  • Civil Society
  • Citizenship
  • civility
  • Participation
  • Activism

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