'Civil Society' Strengthens the Fabric of Peace
Lincoln P. Bloomfield. Lincoln P. Bloomfield is professor emeritus With Conflict . ", The Christian Science Monitor
BRIAN ATWOOD, the director for the US Agency for International Development, recently said that "conflict prevention needs a strong civil society." He was closer to the mark than many who employ this popular new mantra for everything from being nice to one another to the notion of full-blown political democracy. Yet "civil society" can be defined in a way that links it to the conflicts that bedevil the post-cold-war world. Indeed, the concept of civil society goes to the heart of the historic struggle between self-government and tyranny.
Civil society is what occupies the space between government at the top and the atomized mass of individuals at the bottom. …
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Publication information: Article title: 'Civil Society' Strengthens the Fabric of Peace. Contributors: Lincoln P. Bloomfield. Lincoln P. Bloomfield is professor emeritus With Conflict . " - Author. Newspaper title: The Christian Science Monitor. Publication date: April 8, 1996. Page number: 19. © 2009 The Christian Science Publishing Society. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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