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Wanted! ‘Strong publics’ for uncertain times. The experience of the Active Citizenship in Central America project.

Cannon, Barry (2009) Wanted! ‘Strong publics’ for uncertain times. The experience of the Active Citizenship in Central America project. Development in Practice, 20 (6). ISSN 0961-4524

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Abstract

This paper places the experiences of the Active Citizenship in Central America project led by Dublin City University within wider discussions on the role of civil society in building democracy and furthering development. The paper examines project development and content and assesses its effectiveness using a framework derived from Nancy Fraser’s (1993) concept of ‘weak’ and ‘strong’ publics. It finds that the project oscillates between both these positions, and makes policy recommendations to help move it closer to a ‘strong publics’ conception. The paper ends by asserting that in the current conjuncture a ‘strong publics’ conception is a useful guiding principle for the design of development projects on civil society.

Item Type:Article (Published)
Refereed:Yes
Additional Information:Post peer reiew copy, despite waternark.
Uncontrolled Keywords:Central America; civil society; ‘weak’ and ‘strong’ publics.
Subjects:Social Sciences > Political science
DCU Faculties and Centres:UNSPECIFIED
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
Use License:This item is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-Share Alike 3.0 License. View License
ID Code:17578
Deposited On:08 Nov 2012 10:57 by Barry Cannon. Last Modified 08 Nov 2012 10:57

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