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      The liberation of civil society: neo‐liberal ideology and political theory

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            The state versus civil society debate is an arena where competing class projects confront each other, each seeking to ensure a social basis for its own control over the state. The state plays a central role in the construction of civil society. The neo‐liberal project seeks to de‐legitimise the state as a locus of nationalist aspirations and resistance, drawing on theories of ‘rent‐seeking’, ‘patrimonialism’ and ‘state autonomy’. The neo‐liberal project conceals its own massive use of state power, transnational and local, for the construction of a civil society in its own image while suppressing actually existing civil society which it defines as ‘vested interests’.

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            crea20
            CREA
            Review of African Political Economy
            Review of African Political Economy
            0305-6244
            1740-1720
            November 1993
            : 20
            : 58
            : 20-33
            Affiliations
            a Department of Political Science , University of Uppsala , Sweden
            Article
            8704017 Review of African Political Economy, Vol. 20, No. 58, November 1993, pp. 20-33
            10.1080/03056249308704017
            ef98e0de-66a9-4c0c-a73e-6816351a706d

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            Sociology,Economic development,Political science,Labor & Demographic economics,Political economics,Africa

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