Establishing the Conceptual Framework
The renaissance of civil society during the late 1980s has entailed a resurgence of interest in this concept not only among political scientists and social theorists, but also among the political leaders of, and the activists in, newly democratizing countries. However, the growing body of literature in academic studies and the wide usage in political discourse of the concept of civil society thus far has mainly considered this concept from the angle of democratization and its promotion. Accordingly, the civil society debate has been restricted to the liberal-democratic context, within and for which the empowerment of civil society organizations is a dominant issue.
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