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Eberly College of Arts and Sciences


Social Work


There is great ferment in political and social theory today due to a number of major changes are taking place in the larger social world and our understandings of it including the crisis of the welfare state; the emergence of more open societies in Russia, Central Europe, Latin America and many of the countries of the Pacific Rim; general movement away from class/stratification and toward group membership as central themes for national politics in many countries; a major crisis of the modernization paradigm; the emergence of a truly-global economy; and the emergence of the internet as a global communications medium. Each of these has major implications for our understandings of the common themes of this conference -- citizenship, justice and voluntary associations. Commons theory offers one approach to dealing with all of this.

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Keynote Address to the Australia-New Zealand Society for Third Sector Research. Wellington NZ. July 4, 1996.



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