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date: 18 November 2017

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This article focuses on civil society in Latin America. It examines the various understandings of civil society in Latin America and explores the factors underlying their diversity. It suggests that ideas about civil society in Latin America have to be understood within the context of striking levels of inequality and political societies that historically have been unable or unwilling to address this problem. It argues that the extent to which civil society is seen as entitled to a share in decision making and the extent to which conflict is seen as legitimate and public spaces are provided for its management, seem to be the crucial questions on which the future of civil society will hang across the continent.

Keywords: civil society, Latin America, inequality, political societies, decision making, public spaces

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