Document Type


Publication Date

Fall 2011


Eberly College of Arts and Sciences


Social Work


The selection of civil society institutions (which the author refers to as strands) around which the volume is woven is interesting because it contains several novel elements in a novel combination: civil society is said to consist of philanthropy, the common good, rule of law, nonprofit and voluntary institutions, individual rights, free expression and tolerance. This book is important reading for political philosophers, doctoral students and theorists interested in the connection of civil society and philanthropy. Yet it has a number of weaknesses that are enumerated in the review.

Source Citation

A revised and edited version of this review was published at Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, 40(4), 776-779. 2011.


Author's preprint.



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