Learning Civil Societies: Shifting Contexts for Democratic Planning and Governance

Edited by Penny Gurstein and Leonora Angeles

© 2007

As public issues stretch out to affect an ever expanding population, democratizing planning and governance becomes increasingly important. How localized communities embrace the progressive qualities of civil society is a critical topic in an era where diverse and divergent forces often counteract civil society formation and community initiatives. This collection explores the theoretical underpinnings of democratic planning and governance in relation to civil society formation and social learning.

The contributors to this volume use multiple lenses to uncover the challenges of democratizing planning and governance, helping to create a better understanding of how civil societies learn from their experiences, and how these lessons might be applied in other contexts. Learning Civil Societies provides insights for developing a critical methodology for studying civil societies and their formations and suggests that new organizational mechanisms within and outside civil societies must be created if more democratic forms of planning and governance are to emerge, be revitalized, and become institutionalized in the coming decades.

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  • Series: Green College Thematic Lecture Series
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 256 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.3in x 1.0in x 9.3in
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This collection explores the theoretical underpinnings of democratic planning and governance in relation to civil society formation and social learning.

Learning Civil Societies: Shifting Contexts for Democratic Planning and Governance

Edited by Penny Gurstein and Leonora Angeles

© 2007

As public issues stretch out to affect an ever expanding population, democratizing planning and governance becomes increasingly important. How localized communities embrace the progressive qualities of civil society is a critical topic in an era where diverse and divergent forces often counteract civil society formation and community initiatives. This collection explores the theoretical underpinnings of democratic planning and governance in relation to civil society formation and social learning.

The contributors to this volume use multiple lenses to uncover the challenges of democratizing planning and governance, helping to create a better understanding of how civil societies learn from their experiences, and how these lessons might be applied in other contexts. Learning Civil Societies provides insights for developing a critical methodology for studying civil societies and their formations and suggests that new organizational mechanisms within and outside civil societies must be created if more democratic forms of planning and governance are to emerge, be revitalized, and become institutionalized in the coming decades.

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Product Details

  • Series: Green College Thematic Lecture Series
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 256 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.3in x 1.0in x 9.3in
  • Author Information

    Penny Gurstein is a professor in the School of Community and Regional Planning and the Women and Gender Studies Program at the University of British Columbia.



    Leonora Angeles is an associate professor in the School of Community and Regional Planning and the Women and Gender Studies Program at the University of British Columbia