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Civil and Uncivil Societies

Duration:
58 minutes
First broadcast:
Tuesday 10 July 2012

The historian Niall Ferguson examines institutions outside the political, economic and legal realms, whose primary purpose is to preserve and transmit particular knowledge and values. In a lecture delivered at the Royal Society of Edinburgh, he asks if the modern state is quietly killing civil society in the Western world? And what can non-Western societies do to build a vibrant civil society?

Producer: Jane Beresford.

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    Read the transcript of Niall Ferguson's final 2012 Reith Lecture, Civil and Uncivil Societies, in which he asks what constitutes a vibrant and independent civil society.

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