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Political Science Ngos (non-governmental Organizations)

Civil Society in Question

by (author) Jamie Swift

Between the Lines
Initial publish date
Apr 1999
NGOs (Non-Governmental Organizations), Democracy, Political Advocacy, Globalization
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In this concise, critical study of civil society, Jamie Swift sketches the history of the concept from its roots in the eighteenth century, to the present. Swift looks at its practical application in specific cases, such as Canada’s Victorian Order of Nurses, and with community-based groups in South Asia (India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh). He examines the relationship between voluntarism, the state, politics, and the market, and considers the motives and priorities of those using the term today.

About the author

Kingston writer Jamie Swift is the author of a dozen books, most recently The Vimy Trap, or How We Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Great War (with Ian McKay), finalist for the Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing and the Canadian Historical Association Prize for the Best Scholarly Book in Canadian History. He has held the Michener Foundation fellowship for public service journalism and was a longtime documentary producer for CBC-Radio’s “Ideas.” In addition to the writing life, he is a social justice advocate. He taught “Critical Perspectives on Business” at the Smith School of Business, Queen’s University for many years.

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Editorial Reviews

This book is not for the politically faint-of-heart; the material can be fairly dense.yet for those willing to wade through, there are numerous moments of insight, along with remarkable stories of “third world” victories over megaprojects and colonial exploitation.

Quill & Quire

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