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The Development of Civil Society in East Asia: Focusing on the Environment, Human Rights and Migrant Labor

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This chapter sets out the central analytical concepts: the civil public sphere and civil society. In particular, it focuses on the opposing, complementary and cooperative functions of the civil public sphere and civil society. Based on this, the chapter examines analytical perspectives related to civil society in the public sphere at the regional level. It quantitatively assesses the development of the civil public sphere and civil society at national and regional levels in East Asia as well as sets out the factors that have encouraged this development. The chapter takes up three issues, the environment, human rights and migrant labor, in which civil society actors have driven the transformation of the public sphere at both national and regional levels, and examines the actors' activities empirically. It concludes by looking ahead to the prospects for the future of the public sphere in East Asia.

Keywords: analytical perspectives; civil public sphere; civil society; East Asia; environmental destruction; human rights; migrant labor



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