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The Return of Civil Society

The Return of Civil Society

The Emergence of Democratic Spain

Víctor M. Pérez-Díaz

ISBN 9780674766891

Publication date: 01/21/1998

Víctor Pérez-Díaz examines the return of civil society in Spain. He covers the transition of Spain from a preindustrial economy, an authoritarian government, and a Roman Catholic-dominated culture to a modern state based on the interaction of economic and class interests, on a market society, on voluntary associations such as trade unions and political parties, and on a culture of moral autonomy and rationality.


  • A humane, subtle, and splendidly informative study of recent Spanish history, with important observations about the critical role of civil society in the political triumphs and failures of other countries. A greatly rewarding and rare example of the complementarity of sociological and historical interpretations of political change.

    —Fritz Stern, Foreign Affairs


  • Víctor Pérez-Díaz is Professor of Sociology at the Complutense University of Madrid.

Book Details

  • 6-1/16 x 9-1/4 inches
  • Harvard University Press

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