Beyond strong and weak: rethinking postdictatorship civil societies

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Show simple item record Riley, Dylan Fernández González, Juan Jesús 2022-06-28T13:44:44Z 2022-06-28T13:44:44Z 2014-09-01
dc.identifier.bibliographicCitation Riley, D., & Fernández, J. J. (2014). Beyond Strong and Weak: Rethinking Postdictatorship Civil Societies. American Journal of Sociology, 20 (2), pp. 432-503.
dc.identifier.issn 0002-9602
dc.description.abstract What is the impact of dictatorships on postdictatorial civil societies? Bottom-up theories suggest that totalitarian dictatorships destroy civil society while authoritarian ones allow for its development. Top-down theories of civil society suggest that totalitarianism can create civil societies while authoritarianism is unlikely to. This article argues that both these perspectives suffer from a one-dimensional understanding of civil society that conflates strength and autonomy. Accordingly we distinguish these two dimensions and argue that totalitarian dictatorships tend to create organizationally strong but heteronomous civil societies, while authoritarian ones tend to create relatively autonomous but organizationally weak civil societies. We then test this conceptualization by closely examining the historical connection between dictatorship and civil society development in Italy (a posttotalitarian case) and Spain da postauthoritarian one). Our article concludes by reflecting on the implications of our argument for democratic theory, civil society theory, and theories of regime variation.
dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher The University of Chicago Press
dc.rights © 2014 by The University of Chicago.
dc.rights Atribución-NoComercial 3.0 España
dc.subject.other Comparative perspective
dc.subject.other Political community
dc.subject.other Democracy
dc.subject.other Spain
dc.subject.other Organizations
dc.subject.other Tocqueville
dc.subject.other Membership
dc.subject.other Parties
dc.subject.other Systems
dc.subject.other Reforms
dc.title Beyond strong and weak: rethinking postdictatorship civil societies
dc.type article
dc.subject.eciencia Sociología
dc.rights.accessRights openAccess
dc.type.version publishedVersion
dc.identifier.publicationfirstpage 432
dc.identifier.publicationissue 2
dc.identifier.publicationlastpage 503
dc.identifier.publicationtitle AMERICAN JOURNAL OF SOCIOLOGY
dc.identifier.publicationvolume 120
dc.identifier.uxxi AR/0000016519
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