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Hardcover | Out of Print | 800 pp. | 6 x 9 in | February 1992 | ISBN: 9780262031776
Paperback | $60.00 X | £49.95 | 800 pp. | 6 x 9 in | March 1994 | ISBN: 9780262531214
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Civil Society and Political Theory


In this major contribution to contemporary political theory, Jean Cohen and Andrew Arato argue that the concept of civil society articulates a contested terrain in the West that could become a primary locus for the expansion of democracy and rights.

About the Authors

Jean L. Cohen is Associate Professor of Political Theory at Columbia University.

Andrew Arato is Professor of Sociology at the New School for Social Research.


“Cohen and Arato provide a wonderfully illuminating and detailed account of the civil society argument as it has developed in Europe. And then they turn that argument into a critical theory of American society or, more generally, of liberal democracy—pointing the way toward a more effectively and pervasively democratic liberalism.”
Michael Walzer