Civil and Uncivil Societies
Niall Ferguson examines the role of institutions in creating a vibrant and independent civil society - and identifies the continuing risk of threats to their autonomy.
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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