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Title Community works : the revival of civil society in America / E.J. Dionne, editor.
Imprint Washington, D.C. : Brookings Institution Press, 1998.

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Subject Civil society -- United States.
Community organization -- United States.
Alt Name Dionne, E. J.
Description 1 online resource (x, 161 pages)
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 145-147) and index.
Contents Introduction : Why civil society? Why now? / E.J. Dionne, Jr. -- Is civil society obsolete? : Revisiting predictions of the decline of civil society in Whose keeper? / Alan Wolfe -- Not a cure-all : civil society creates citizens, it does not solve problems / Jean Bethke Elshtain -- America's civic condition : a glance at the evidence / William A. Galston and Peter Levine -- Don't blame big government : America's voluntary groups thrive in a national network / Theda Skocpol -- All community is local : the key to America's civic renewal / William A. Schambra -- The Lord's work : the church and civil society / John J. DiIulio, Jr. -- High-octane faith and civil society / Eugene F. Rivers III -- Give community institutions a fighting chance / Bruce Katz -- Recreating the civil society one child at a time / Colin L. Powell -- No paintbrushes, no paint / Jane R. Eisner -- Beyond theory : civil society in action / Pam Solo and Gail Pressberg -- Poverty 101 : what liberals and conservatives can learn from each other / David Kuo -- Where have all the followers gone? / Alan Ehrenhalt -- Civil society and the humble role of government / Dan Coats and Rick Santorum -- America's challenge : revitalizing our national community / Bill Bradley -- Second thoughts on civil society / Gertrude Himmelfarb -- The idea of civil society : a path to social reconstruction / Michael Walzer.
Summary This book explores the quest for community at the turn of the century. It examines why the idea of civil society has become so popular and why so much hope has been invested in the voluntary sector. It also underscores the importance of a vital civil society and disputes the notion that our yearning for a reinvigorated civic life is a form of nostalgia. E.J. Dionne, Jr. puts the debate in perspective and outlines some of the arguments emanating from Right, Left, and Center about what to make of these important mediating community structures. With chapters by renowned scholars, journalists, and policymakers, this book contemplates where successful civic action originates and considers the role played by faith-based organizations in the battle against poverty and neighborhood decline.
Note Print version record.
ISBN 0585098794 (electronic bk.)
9780585098791 (electronic bk.)
OCLC # 42330986
Additional Format Print version: Community works. Washington, D.C. : Brookings Institution Press, 1998 0815718683 (DLC) 98019685 (OCoLC)39013705
Table of Contents
1Introduction: Why Civil Society? Why Now? / E. J. Dionne, Jr.1
2Is Civil Society Obsolete? Revisiting Predictions of the Decline of Civil Society in Whose Keeper? / Alan Wolfe17
3Not a Cure All: Civil Society Creates Citizens, It Does Not Solve Problems / Jean Bethke Elshtain24
4America's Civic Condition: A Glance at the Evidence / William A. Galston, Peter Levine30
5Don't Blame Big Government: America's Voluntary Groups Thrive in a National Network / Theda Skocpol37
6All Community Is Local: The Key to America's Civic Renewal / William A. Schambra44
7The Lord's Work: The Church and Civil Society / John J. DiIulio, Jr.50
8High-Octane Faith and Civil Society / Eugene F. Rivers III59
9Give Community Institutions a Fighting Chance / Bruce Katz64
10Recreating the Civil Society One Child at a Time / Colin L. Powell72
11No Paintbrushes, No Paint / Jane R. Eisner75
12Beyond Theory: Civil Society in Action / Pam Solo, Gail Pressberg81
13Poverty 101: What Liberals and Conservatives Can Learn from Each Other / David Kuo88
14Where Have All the Followers Gone? / Alan Ehrenhalt93
15Civil Society and the Humble Role of Government / Dan Coats, Rick Santorum101
16America's Challenge: Revitalizing Our National Community / Bill Bradley107
17Second Thoughts on Civil Society / Gertrude Himmelfarb117
18The Idea of Civil Society: A Path to Social Reconstruction / Michael Walzer123
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