Civil Society, Philanthropy, and the Fate of the Commons

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UPNE, 2010 - 205 pages
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Among the greatest challenges facing humanity in the twenty-first century is that of sustaining a healthy civil society, which depends upon managing the tension between individual and collective interests. Bruce R. Sievers explores this issue by investigating ways to balance the public and private sides of modern life in a manner that allows realization of the ideal of individual freedom and, at the same time, makes possible the effective pursuit of the common good. He traces the development of civil society from the seventeenth-century Dutch Republic and the eighteenth-century Scottish Enlightenment, analyzes its legacy for modern political life, and explores how historical trends in the formation of civil society and philanthropy aid or impede our achievement of public goods in the modern era.
 

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The Concept of Civil Society
1
Institutional Structures
12
Normative Traditions
31
The Emergence of Civil Society in the Dutch Republic
45
The Enlightenment Legacy
63
Civil Society in America
84
Private and Public Goods in the Twentyfirst Century
107
Philanthropy Civil Society and the Commons
122
Notes
145
Bibliography
179
Index
195
Back Cover
207
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BRUCE R. SIEVERS is a visiting scholar and lecturer at Stanford University and adjunct professor at the Institute for Nonprofit Organization Management at the University of San Francisco.

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