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A Research Agenda for Civil Society

9781800378148 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Kees Biekart, Associate Professor of Political Sociology, International Institute of Social Studies, Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands and Alan Fowler, Honorary Professor of African Philanthropy and Social Investment, University of Witwatersrand Business School, South Africa
Publication Date: October 2022 ISBN: 978 1 80037 814 8 Extent: c 240 pp
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Mapping a wide range of civil society research perspectives, this pioneering Research Agenda offers a rich and clear insight for academics and practitioners hoping to embark on future civil society research. Kees Biekart and Alan Fowler bring together over 20 expert contributions from researchers across the globe who are actively engaged in testing the old and generating new knowledge about civil society.

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Elgar Research Agendas outline the future of research in a given area. Leading scholars are given the space to explore their subject in provocative ways, and map out the potential directions of travel. They are relevant but also visionary.

Mapping a wide range of civil society research perspectives, this pioneering Research Agenda offers a rich and clear insight for academics and practitioners hoping to embark on future civil society research. Kees Biekart and Alan Fowler bring together over 20 expert contributions from researchers across the globe who are actively engaged in testing the old and generating new knowledge about civil society.

Beginning with a concise historical review of civil society research over the last four decades, the book provides a critical insight into the future of research, taking into account the domestic outcomes of major geopolitical changes and the increasing shift towards authoritarian and populist systems of governance. Exploring the norms and values of civil society, as well as key topics such as voluntourism, civil society mapping, democratization, and civic agency, chapters offer a unique overview of civil society research themes and agendas. Its comprehensive analysis of canonical civil society research provides a fertile basis from which novel research can be conducted.

A wide audience of development professionals, including NGO staff, consultants, evaluators, and public servants, will benefit from the forward-looking perspectives advanced in this dynamic Research Agenda. It will also be an essential resource for academics and researchers in the field.
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‘A Research Agenda for Civil Society provides a much needed synopsis of the antecedents, internal contradictions, and promises of civil society within a comparative African-Global Southern Context. At a time of pervasive political and epistemological uncertainty, the book throws precious critical light on a subject of increasing academic and policy relevance.’
– Ebenezer Obadare, Council on Foreign Relations, US

‘This book represents an important effort to diversify our thinking about civil society and challenge common assumptions about its processes, constituent parts, and effects. It will be an essential addition to university libraries and courses worldwide.’
– Michael Edwards, writer and activist, UK
Contributors
Contributors include: Mário Aquino Alves, Susan Appe, Filippo Artuso, Katrina Barnes, Kees Biekart, Antoine Buyse, Galia Chimiak, Alan Fowler, John C.H. Godfrey, Veronica Gomez, Duncan Green, Irene Guijt, Ali Bakir Hamoudi, Dorothea Hilhorst, Cristine Dyhrberg Højgaard, W. King Mott, Stephanie A. Koolen-Maas, Pablo Marsal, Chris McInerney, Lucas Meijs, Patricia Maria E. Mendonça, Roseanne M. Mirabella, Shauna Mottiar, Malika Ouacha, Philine S.M. van Overbeeke, Yevgenya Jenny Paturyan, Mark Sidel, Ana Luísa Silva, David Sogge, Margit van Wessel
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