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date: 22 November 2017

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This article examines the history of civil society in the U.S. It explores contemporary civic reorganizations by providing a snapshot of classic U.S. civic democracy and a glimpse at the deep roots of the sorts of interest groups and voluntary organizations that held sway around 1950. It highlights major civic transformations that unfolded in the U.S. after 1960 and evaluates their impact on the broader workings of contemporary American democracy.

Keywords: civil society, U.S., civic reorganizations, civic democracy, interest groups, voluntary organizations, American democracy

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