The Political Economy of Civil Society and Human Rights

The Political Economy of Civil Society and Human Rights

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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.

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Anchored in 1989 as the Year of Truth for postmodern politics, the year the collapse of the Berlin Wall signaled the end of the Cold War, the author analyzes the liberal ideas of a civil society and human rights, and new threats to them in the context of the moral-cultural, political, and economic orders. While equating market democracy with social justice as well as prosperity, he is not as optimistic as those proclaiming that liberalism has definitively triumphed over its adversaries. Includes a substantial appended discussion on civil society and international justice. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Publisher: London ; New York : Routledge, 1998
ISBN: 9780415166775
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xv, 301 pages)


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