Civil society acts as a bridge between citizen and state

Civil society is more than simply a cluster of institutions.

  • It is a sphere where interest groups and individuals come together, formulate and articulate their interests and negotiate conflict (such as between trade unions and employer groups).
  • It is a bridge between the interests of individual citizen and the state.
  • It provides norms and networks of trust that can improve the efficiency of society by facilitating co-ordinated public action (Putnam quoted in Meltzer, 2000).

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