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From Stereotypes Towards a New Realism in the Balkans – On Civil Society in the Run-up to the Western Balkans Summit

by Vedran Dzihic and Filip Radunovic  27 August 2015 Civil society plays a key role as a democratic corrective force in all societies that undergo a transition from an authoritarian regime to a liberal democracy. It aims to help develop and sustainably embed a democratic political culture, thus preventing countries from lapsing back into authoritarian…

Civil Society in the Western Balkans

  Civil Society in the Western Balkans by Franz-Lothar Altmann The term “civil society” has become widely used to describe the part of society that does not belong to the political administration and party system and uses other avenues to voice its concerns, interests and ideas. These can be formulated through non-governmental organisations and institutions,…

The Role of Civil Society

by Erhard Busek 14 August 2015 Civil society has become one of the buzzwords of our times. This is by no means intended as a criticism, but aims to stop us from feeling dissociated from it, as we all are part of civil society. The “citoyenne”, the citizens, sustain our community. Max Frisch put it…