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CGS Studies

CGS Studies is a series of scientific books which are the output of the work of the Copernicus Graduate School. CGS is a modern, international and interdisciplinary young scientists network, who work under the guidance of internationally acknowledged fellows. The series is devoted to questions and research problems considering modern societies in comparative perspective. Mostly young scientists together with their experienced tutors develop various approaches to the position and functionality of civil society, examining different examples from history and the present based on the different theoretical approaches. As a result, interdisciplinary perspectives have been developed which enable the identification of various levels of the issues considered. The books do not provide fixed interpretation patterns. The aim of the editors and authors, as well as the main objective of the volumes, is to refresh and stimulate the discussion together with pointing out exemplary fields of research which bring interesting explanations and impulses to the formulation of innovative research questions on the modern societies.

The editors of the series are: Prof. Ralph Schattkowsky and Prof. Miloš Řezník. The managing editor is: Adam Jarosz, PhD. Single volumes are edited by the CGS fellows and members. The publishing house of the series is Cambridge Scholars Publishing (UK).

The volumes of the series can be ordered at: http://www.cambridgescholars.com/copernicus-graduate-school-studies-cgs-studies/.

CGS Studies vol. 4

Society and Nation in Transnational Processes in Europe

Edited by Ralph Schattkowsky and Miloš Řezník

The modern nation is an organisational form of society that has undergone numerous changes throughout history. The concept of the nation in Europe in the nineteenth century has been posed and answered in the past, but, as the basic conditions of its existence change, it is essential that this important question be asked again.

Without doubt, the modern nation realizes the promises of solidarity and community which are so attractive to the masses, and has a profound effect on identity formation. Without these structures originally put in place by civil society, self-organization as the implementation of national thought is unimaginable. Understanding the necessity and the possibility of the designability of society through the idea of nation and the functionality of civil society determines the strength and stability of the national movement.

The publication has been financially supported by the German-Polish Science Foundation and the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń.

Price: 52.99 £


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CGS Studies vol. 3

Good Governance and Civil Society. Selected Issues on the Relations between State, Economy and Society

Edited by Adam Jarosz

The concept of "governance" is a key issue for public sector work at all levels. In today's environment of globalization and the growing significance of communication and participatory managing methods, public service provisions and dialogue with citizens have to be developed. Governance provides an answer to these challenges: it combines cooperative forms of governing, involving both the private sector and social partners, which can form networks to develop policies in different fields. "Good" governance is generally seen as an outcome of transparent and efficient governing methods, as well as multi-level governance utilising both state instruments and other institutions, such as supranational organisations and local and regional governments.

This book is devoted to these questions and research problems. The contributors are predominantly young scientists, and examine a wide range of different examples, issues and case studies, in order to analyse various elements and aspects of the concept of "governance".

The book provides interdisciplinary and multidimensional research in order to analyse the numerous different facets of this broad term. As such, the contributors to this volume are drawn from the various fields of politics, the economy, society, and communication, in order to provide a well-rounded and in-depth analysis of "governance".

The publication of the volume was financially supported by the Visegrad Fund, City of Toruń and Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń.

Price: 52,99 £


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CGS Studies vol. 2

Questions of Civil Society. Category-Position-Functionality

Edited by Ralph Schattkowsky and Adam Jarosz

This book is devoted to questions and research problems generated by the issue of civil society. It contains contributions from mostly young scientists, who develop various approaches to the position and functionality of civil society, examining different examples from both the past and the present, based on theoretical approaches to this concept. As a result, the volume adopts an interdisciplinary perspective, which allows the identification of various levels of the concept of the civil society, and insight into to its multiformity, in terms of its reality, and its interpretation and depiction as a means of political and social self-determination.

The book provides fluid interpretation patterns, and avoids working with the term 'civil society' in any fixed, definitional mode. The editors' and authors' aim, as well as the main objective of the volume, is to refresh and stimulate the discussion and point out exemplary fields of research, which will bring interesting explanations and impulses to the formulation of innovative research questions regarding the concept of civil society. Finally, the book explains and underlines the pivotal role of the civil society in the upheavals of the 21st century, as well as provides an understanding of it as a fundamental structural element of the necessary renegotiation of the relations between the state and society.

The publication of the volume was financially supported by the Visegrad Fund, City of Toruń and Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń.

Price: 49,99 £


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CGS Studies vol. 1

Central Europe on the Threshold of the 21st Century: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Challenges in Politics and Society

Edited by Lucyna Czechowska and Krzysztof Olszewski

This book draws attention to selected aspects of the Central European reality and discusses interesting subjects related to the political, economic and social landscape of the region, which are in a continuous process of transformation.

The book will be a useful source of knowledge, as Central Europe is still considered to be an "undiscovered island" in the "changeable waters" of contemporary international relations.

The publication of the volume was financially supported by the Visegrad Fund, City of Toruń and Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń.

Price: 54,99 £

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