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Civil Society and Development
Jude Howell Jenny Pearce
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"This thoughtful and nuanced study should be a major point of reference in [the] battle of ideas [about aid and development]." ¿David Sogge, Development and Change

Incorporated into the discourse of academics, policymakers, and grassroots activists, of multilateral development agencies and local NGOs alike, "civil society" has become a topic of widespread discussion. But is there in fact any common understanding of the term? How useful is it when applied to the South, and what difference does it make to bring the concept into the debate on development?

Howell and Pearce explore the complex relationships among civil society, the state, and market in the context of democratic development. Drawing on case studies from Africa, Asia, and Latin America, they also unravel what is meant by development agencies¿bilaterals, multilaterals, NGOs, and international financial institutions, with their diverse approaches and agendas¿when they refer to the urgent need to strengthen civil society.

Jude Howell is fellow at the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex. She is author of China Opens Its Doors: The Politics of Economic Transition. Jenny Pearce is professor of Latin American politics in the Department of Peace Studies at the University of Bradford. She has written extensively on Latin America.

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