Idea and Models of Civil Society: Development Tendencies, Arguments Pro and Con


  • Hovhannes HOVHANNISYAN Yerevan State University



civil society; civil society organizations; civil system security; etatistic, liberal, conflicting, partner-ship, segmentational and linked models of civil society


The article presents the main stages of development and major modifications of the idea of civil society from Greek and Roman antique philosophy to modern researchers. It discusses two – broad (philosophical) and narrow (the third sector of organizing civil society) – perceptions of civil society and proposes corresponding definitions. Etatistic (controlled), liberal, conflicting, partnership, segmentational and linked models of civil society are analyzed. The expediency of linked and partnership models is substantiated from the position of security and harmonious development of the civic society.


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Author Biography

Hovhannes HOVHANNISYAN, Yerevan State University

Associate Professor of the Department of Philosophy and Logic
named after Academician Georg Brutian at Khachatur Abovian
Armenian State Pedagogical University and the Yerevan State
University, Scientific Secretary of the Armenian Philosophical
Academy, Head of the Chair of Humanities and Social Sciences at
French University of Armenia, Chairman of the Committee of
Civil Society Development of Public Council of RA, PhD in


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How to Cite

HOVHANNISYAN, H. (2016). Idea and Models of Civil Society: Development Tendencies, Arguments Pro and Con. WISDOM, 7(2), 95–102.