Peter Lang; Frankfurt am Main, Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2015, pp. 208).
Dorota Pietrzyk-Reeves is Associate Professor in the Chair of Political Philosophy at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow and holds the title of Doctor of Philosophy with Habilitation in the field of political science. She is Secretary of the Editorial Board of "Politeja. The journal of the Faculty of International and Political Studies". An awardee of the Foundation for Polish Science grants (in 2006 and 2009), de Brzezie Lanckoroński Foundation grant and the European Commission grant, Pietrzyk-Reeves held numerous research and visiting positions, including in Nuffield College, Oxford (2004-2005, 2009), Department of Politics and International Studies, University of Hull, UK, Dipartimento di Scienze economiche, politiche e delle lingue moderne at LUMSA University in Rome and the Institute of History, Central European University in Budapest.
Other books by Pietrzyk-Reeves include "Ład rzeczypospolitej. Polska myśl polityczna XVI wieku a klasyczna tradycja republikańska" (The Order of Respublica: Polish Sixteenth Century Political Thought and the Classical Republican Tradition, 2012), "Idea społeczenstwa obywatelskiego. Wspolczesna debata i jej źródła" (The Idea of Civil Society: Contemporary Debate and Its Roots, 2004, 2012), Studia nad wielokulturowoscia (Studies on Multiculturalism, 2010).
This book is the result of over ten years of research which concentrated on three interconnected phenomena: civil society, democracy and democratization. These three topics are of such significance that they should not be purely confined to academic interest. The aim of this book is to contribute to the ongoing discussion on civil society in the context of democracy and democratization.
The theoretical perspective presented here combines my interest in political philosophy, normative democratic theory and the concepts and practice of civil society, as well as the recent processes of democratization in post-communist Europe. A normative rather than purely descriptive approach is the common ground from which my analysis in different chapters advances.