Implementation, Impediments, Rivals, and Objections
At this stage, it will be helpful to take brief stock of what we’ve accomplished so far. In the fi rst two chapters, we established the problem of liberal democratic political culture and the distinction between a concept and a conception of civil society. In the next two chapters, we considered and rejected fi ve conceptions of civil society, at least insofar as they fail to provide an acceptable answer to the problem of liberal democratic political culture. In Chapter 5, we noticed that practical possibility has a progressive structure, while in Chapter 6, we laid out an ideal conception of civil society-the GC model-for the context of modern deliberative democracy.