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date: 10 April 2020

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This article investigates how democracy is related to civil society. It investigates whether it is possible to distinguish the kinds, dimensions, and functions of civil society that are likely to deepen democracy from those that are not and analyzes what can be done to develop less abstract conceptions of both democracy and civil society. It evaluates the potential contributions of civil society to democracy and describes the features of associations that are likely to determine their democratic contributions.

Keywords: democracy, civil society, abstract conceptions, associations, democratic contributions

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