The monograph shows the history of the formation of the concept of «civil society», the role and place of civil society in the modern world. Considering the civil society in the context of globalization, the author makes predictions about the future prospects, particularly in Europe, based on the analysis of the formation of EU policy towards civil society, development of mechanisms for the European civil society participation in the European integration processes. On the basis of the existing systems of measurement and evaluation of civil society, the author proposes a system of definitions of civil society models in the European Union countries.
The study shows EU principles of interaction with foreign civil society on the example of the EU dialogue with civil society of Latin America. The author also examines examples of looking by civil society organizations for answers to the modern challenges.
Special paragraph is dedicated to the peculiarities of the formation of civil society in Russia and the relations between the state and the civil society.