chapter  6
Civil society, pressure groups, and political parties
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Civil society is a fundamental part of the fabric of the modern state, yet it is a difficult concept to pin down. What Urry (1981) has graphically described as the sphere of struggle is an essential interface between people and government, which allows new ideas to be brought to public attention, debated, and put on the political agenda. In a sense, it is a wider manifestation of the governance, as opposed to government, discussed in Chapter 4.