Demokrati genom civilt samhälle?: Reflektioner kring Demokratiutredningens sanningspolitik
2002 (Swedish)Report (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
The concept of civil society has lately become fashionable in political as well as scientificcontexts. This article critically discusses the ‘politics of truth’ in A Persistent Democracy!, thefinal report of the Swedish Commission on Democracy. The argument in the article is that thereport over-stresses the importance of civil society and the role of individual responsibilitiesand initiatives against public arrangements and interventions, referred to in the report as statepaternalism. The report is making specific ‘technologies of government’ visible, as it is creatingcitizens as primarily ‘moral human beings’. The problem with strategies to ‘roll back theState’ for the benefit of a civil society of this kind, is that they necessarily open up for inequalitiesand conflicts in-built in civil society. To deepen democracy presupposes a continuouslong-term struggle for changing predominant power structures and unequal distributionsof vital resources, material and non-material. In this perspective, the report of the Swedish Commission on Democracy does not offer an adequate answer to challenging questions forthe future of a vitalized Swedish democracy.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Linköping, 2002. , 18 p.
ThemES - Themes on Migration and Ethnic Studies, ISSN 1101-7570 ; 10
Democracy, civil society, state, technologies of government
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-20684OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-20684DiVA: diva2:235611
Reprint ur Statsvetenskaplig Tidskrift 2000 (http://www.statsvetenskapligtidskrift.se/section.asp?id=552)2009-09-172009-09-172009-09-18Bibliographically approved