"Cohen and Arato provide a wonderfully illuminating and detailed account of the civil society argument as it has developed in Europe. And then they turn that argument into a critical theory of American society or, more generally, of liberal democracy -- pointing the way toward a more effectively and pervasively democratic liberalism." Michael Walzer
About the Author
Jean L. Cohen is Associate Professor of Political Theory at Columbia University.
Andrew Arato is Professor of Sociology at the New School for Social Research.