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Re-Imaging Equality: Reflections on Civil Society and Markets

John Keane, Political Scientist, University of Sydney and Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin

Speech at the Herrenhausen Conference "Re-Thinking Social Inequality", 14.05.2014.

John Keane looks at the history of the relation between civil society and capitalism. Markets, he says, produce communities of friends. But at the same time, they create competition and disfunction, for example, when large conglomerations of power produce mega-projects. If those go wrong, the effects on civil society are catastrophic - just think of the Deep Water Horizon oil spill or Fukushima.

Photo: Mathias Schumacher

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