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Civil Society, The State, Neoliberalism, And Social Policy

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Empowered participatory institutions (EPIs), and particularly social funds (SFs) are a practical manifestation of a newly sought-after partnership between the state and civil society to strengthen citizens' inclusion in managing their affairs and 'good governance,' through participation, deliberation, and access to decision making and resources. Hence these institutions are a reflection of the current predominant understanding of civil society as an idea and an ideal (the sphere of public citizens' engagement outside the family) as well as how the state can resolve its problems to become more responsive and also efficient. As a historically and economically bound construct, social funds (SFs) are also a direct reflection of the neoliberal paradigm of development. The chapter also dissects the anatomy of several constructs giving rise to these specific EPIs: civil society and its relationship to the state, neoliberalism, and social rights and provisions.

Keywords: civil society; neoliberalism; social funds (SFs); social policy; state



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