Introduction: Civil Society, the State and Non-Governmental Organizations in Central America
National governments must find new ways of enabling their people to participate more in government and to allow them much greater influence on the decisions that affect their lives … Unless this is done, and done in time, the irresistible tide of people’s rising aspirations will inevitably clash with inflexible systems, leading to anarchy and chaos. A rapid democratic transition and a strengthening of the institutions of civil society are the only appropriate responses. Among the many specific steps that must accompany such a transition, the two main ones are to decentralize more authority to local governments and to give much greater freedom to people’s organizations and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) — instruments of people’s participation.
|Keywords||Civil Society, Social Movement, Liberal Democracy, Nongovernmental Organization, Grassroots Organization|
|Journal||Supporting Civil Society|
Macdonald, L. (1997). Introduction: Civil Society, the State and Non-Governmental Organizations in Central America. In Supporting Civil Society (pp. 1–28). doi:10.1007/978-1-349-25178-0_1