ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Citizenship, State and Civil Society

A great deal of the recent enthusiasm for civil society in this country has been, unfortunately, driven by a negative, if not a hostile, attitude towards the state, and, indeed, towards all public institutions. Nothing can be more destructive of civil society than the idea that the best way to create and invigorate civil society is to empower the people at the expense of the state. And just as state and civil society are complementary, so are state and citizen. Furthermore, civil society cannot amount to very much where citizenship is absent or weakly developed.

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