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This volume focuses on the new and diversifying interactions between civil society and the state in contemporary East Asia by including cases of entanglement and contention in the three fully consolidated democracies in the area: Japan, South Korea and Taiwan. The book argues that all three countries have reached a new era of post high-growth and mature democracy, leading to new social anxieties and increasing normative diversity, which have direct repercussions on the relationship between the state and civil society.
Civil society can be understood as the "third sector" of society, distinct from government and business, and including the family and the private sphere.
State-civil society partnership: issues for debate and new researches. Parceria entre o estado e a sociedade civil: pontos para o debate e novas pesquisas.
Vasconcellos II. Email: mariovasc ufpa. Email: annavasc unama. In this paper we look at the literature related to partnership between state and civil society, especially partnership between public and non-for-profit organisations.
We discuss the differing perspectives of partnership and attempt to identify some of the main theoretical concerns about partnership between state and civil society in the governance context. In this paper, we argue that the historical background of partnership has not been included among factors used in explaining the resort to partnership in governance. Most of the literature shows that partnership tries to make relationship between local people and local governance stronger and improve the possibilities for powerless people and social groups to participate in local governance.
However, we do not find clear evidence in the literature that partnership allows for a shift in political power. Finally, we show that it is unclear whether the interaction between ordinary people and the state through a participatory process has successfully helped to build social cohesiveness for different social groups. The main contribution of this paper is to expand the understanding of the factors that influence the process of partnership between state and civil society positively and negatively for local development.
Keywords: Partnership. State-Civil Society Partnership. Social Capital. Palavras-chave: Parceria. Parceria Estado-Sociedade Civil. Capital Social. In this paper we explore the literature related to partnerships between state and civil society with particular emphasis on the partnership between public and non-for-profit organisations.
We discuss the differing perspectives of partnership and try to point out some of the main theoretical concerns about partnership in a governance context. The paper is organised into five sections including this initial one. The following section deals with definitions of partnership and focus on its structure and meaning.
We examine the concept of partnership based on the literature about social capital, rural development and partnership theories. In the third section we deal with two factors that act on partnership building; social networks and decentralisation. The goal of the third section is to show how partnership emerges from the influence of both societal structure and the roles of the state.
In the third section we also deal with issues of good governance. In the fourth section we shift the debate from partnership dimensions to organisational factors that have an influence on them. Our aim in the fourth section is to demonstrate how management structures and partnership procedures affect its efficiency. In conclusion, we reconnect in the fifth section the analysis undertaken in the course of the paper and map out the main issues of the conceptual ground in which the relations between local organisations LO and state should be analysed.
The Meanings and Structures of Partnership. In this section, we examine the concept of partnership as presented in the literature on rural development, governance and social capital. We focus on partnership structures and meanings which have been assumed in the different fields of knowledge.
We aim to establish a working definition for partnership in the context of this paper. The term partnership has obtained a diversity of meanings which McQuaid , p. Partnership contains a sense of cooperation, mutual trust and synergy between individuals and organisations needed to achieve a common objective. In this context, partnership motives are not shaped by ideas of material gain or coercion of the engaged partners, but by a sense of common purpose supported by trust between its actors.
Partnerships based on trust evoke the notion of partnership as a prolonged process and as the result of a long-standing relationship between actors LEWIS, Harriss , p. Partnerships based on trust are understood to be a result of networking skills and motivation of actors FOWLER, ; HARRISS, Such partnerships are characterised by a focus on actors, on their independence and enthusiasm in sharing values and visions to achieve a common objective.
Partnership based on trust is associated with the idea of stakeholders working together for mutual benefit, voluntarily sharing values and goals in embedded relations OSTROM, In this perspective, the intention of the partners depends on commitment rather than on external factors because partnership can only exist if there is a basic trust between partners, as Thompson , p. As Tendler and Evans argue, cooperation, levels of trust and self-organisation are influenced by the incentives and opportunities created by the prevailing institutional frameworks.
From this viewpoint, the nature of regulatory frameworks, of the incentives and sanctions of supportive institutions promoting and valuing innovation influences the prevailing level and type of cooperation. Partnerships centred on institutions are related to the notion of complementarities EVANS, between organisations under the guidance of a formal structure of authority.
Nonetheless, as argued by Giddens , relationships depend on the mutual commitment of the partners involved, who only remain in the relationship for as long as they choose to. The purposes of the partners depend on commitment rather than on external anchors, and partnership can only exist if there is mutual trust between partners GIDDENS, Partnership implies that trust is a coping mechanism by which actors can address risk and uncertainty in communities.
This is especially true when a new climate of risk increases public sensitivity to a level that has to be faced by them. However, addressing unequal power relations between partners is still a great challenge to the discourse and practice of partnership in general JOHNSON; WILSON, and particularly for partnerships based on formal and political institutions.
Furthermore, partnership actors bring their own specific sets of power positions, roles and responsibilities as determined by values, skills and organisational resources into the network arena.
A sceptical view of the power relations debate is that mutual partnerships are not possible because of the existence of permanent power inequality between partners AHMAD, Be that as it may, partnerships are relationships of self-interest between those who see an advantage in them. Partnerships have been built even when the partners do not share the same values, goals and ways of working together. As argued by Johnson and Wilson , p. Additionally, partnership is also based on difference, which is an opposite point of view stating that mutuality in partnership is not possible because of inequality, especially unequal power relations AHMAD, New mechanisms of trust need to be created, mainly where there is a range of organisations and development agencies that bring their own specific sets of power positions to partnership relations.
They have been debated, in turn, in various ways. In community participation, partnership is considered the most suitable approach for sustainable development and service delivery in rural areas CHAMBERS, However, this perspective reveals a simplistic understanding of community as that of a harmonious group within which people share common interests and needs, and this conceals power relations CLEAVER, In spite of a key intention to assure the full and active participation of community members in the rural programmes that affect them, evidence suggests that partnership as a mechanism of participation has not worked effectively towards social inclusion and power-sharing BOWYER, ; CLEAVER, ; TORO, Social participation, which emerged in response to an earlier normative understanding of partnership for inclusion and power-sharing of the powerless, is recurrently used as an instrument to involve members of different sectors of society.
This perspective can be found in international donor, governmental, and corporate materials: mission statements, annual reports, strategic planning efforts, special reports, programmes and project documentation DFID, ; WORLD BANK, According to these organisations, partnership is an appropriate vehicle for addressing social and economic needs with the involvement of all sectors of society.
It is a mechanism for promoting the participation of civil society in the planning and management of long term public programmes, thus minimising conflicts between divergent actors in favour of society at large WORLD BANK, However, this perspective faces a real problem in moving from the project level up to the level of public policy. The social problems that partnership in this perspective intends to fight are much more complex than the mechanisms available to the projects of the multilateral organisations.
Under development management which is usually theoretically supported by the New Public Management movement , partnership is an instrument to be used to reach more precise objectives typically associated with effectiveness, efficiency and responsiveness WORLD BANK, Partnership is treated not just as an instrument of popular participation in public actions.
Instead, it is viewed as a method of combining public and private resources to effectively and efficiently carry out specific public programmes. In spite of the instrumental meaning assumed by partnership in the development management perspective, there is a set of interconnected ideas under which partnership is examined in an analytical way.
One of the ideas focuses on the relationships between governments, NGOs, and donors, on advocacy-policy versus programme implementation and corporate citizenship AHMAD, Its focus is on effective partnership.
On a broader scale, it deals with the exercise of power and how this influences the success of a partnership. It criticises the power of governments and donors and suggests the possibility of a zero-sum power relationship AHMAD, In spite of the insights about the influence of power on partnership, the pessimistic trend underlying this interpretation does not offer alternative ways to overcome the negative criticism pointed out here.
It suggests neutral power relationships that in fact do not happen in reality. A second group of ideas related to partnership deals with its own efficiency. Here partnership is a strategic mechanism for resource complementarities between public and private organisations and is also a cost-efficient mechanism to carry out developmental projects at low cost and high performance BENNETT; KREBS, Partners seek out connections with third parties who can help in managing strategic interdependencies efficiently.
The rationales for a complementarity of resources and cost-efficiency assume narrow characteristics because partnership is only used for budget expansion or to balance out economic costs with project outcomes BENNETT; KREBS, The complementarity rationale focuses on economic ends and views social aims as a consequence of resource efficiency.
Also concerned with economic outcomes, another group of ideas comes from the literature on business alliances. Partnership terminology in this context is evolving and increasingly refers to less exclusively formal relationships, as opposed to the limited, historical application of the legal structures, mergers and contracting relations. However, it has a limited focus on the public-private relationship for market purposes.
In spite of the importance of market orientation in partnerships with economic ends, the public sector is not pursuing purely commercial goals. A fourth set of ideas includes political economics and networking theories. In this thread inter-organisational relations are examined, particularly those between the public and private sectors, which include civil society.
Despite its normative slant, this approach is the most analytical within partnership literature. It deals most rigorously with the identification and examination of the inter-organisational coordination challenges, incentive systems, control mechanisms and structural alternatives. These have emphasized the importance of the interrelationships between the political and the social context within networks. So far, there is no clear understanding about the behaviour and policies of organisations involved in partnerships for economic development.
Moreover, the nature of their relationships with networks and partnerships between actors not directly involved in partnership at the local level including the flows of resources, power and information within the networks is not included in the analysis. The reassessment of the relationship between state and civil society made possible by the theory of social capital throughout the s COLEMAN, ; PUTNAM, ; EVANS, has raised the issue that organisational and institutional constraints coming from individual social networks actually contribute to inefficient political structures, economic fragility and social fragmentation.
In spite of the arguments that any society is characterised by networks of interpersonal communication and exchange, both formal and informal, as argued by Coleman and Putnam , an understanding of how social capital has affected recently formed societies has not been confirmed. Studies about publicly engaged civic organisations and about their socio-political and economic effects mostly concentrate on advanced industrial countries.
These studies indicate that the capacity of a society to produce social capital among its citizens is supported by its long-term experience working with social organisation. However, for recently formed societies, as argued by Fox , trust, norms of reciprocity and social networks are rare and social capital is substituted by hierarchical politics. According to Isham et al.
So far, the studies on social capital in developing countries have been mostly oriented toward the economic and political effects of social capital ISHAM et al. As argued by Fox , in Latin America, where trust and social engagement are in great need, analyses on social capital focus on the interaction between government and civil society as part of a strategy intent on stimulating better service provision by the government.
State and civil society in Egypt: 2011-2015
This article discusses the importance of civil society in the study of the geometry of human relations. It explains that civil society offers malleable framework through which to examine the geometry of human relations and it sheds light on the changing geometry of human relations by frames and spaces in which the agency and imagination of individuals can be combined to address the key issues of the day. This article also discusses the rise and fall, the forms, and norms and achievements of civil society. Keywords: civil society , human relations , frames and spaces , forms , norms , achievements. Civil society is one of the most enduring and confusing concepts in social science, and for that reason it is an excellent candidate for the analytic explorations that an Oxford handbook can provide. From the time of classical Greece, thinkers have returned to civil society as one way of generating new energy and ideas around old and familiar questions as the world has changed around them.
Alexander ; Guan ; Lauth ; Lewis ; Wischermann Notably, this literature suggests that the concept of civil society must be systematically contextualized. A relational understanding that consequently relates civil society to the context of action in which it operates is a fruitful approach to this endeavour Lorch