The position of civil society can be defined as a dynamic and interconnected network of people and groups drawn from a rich history of relationships and interactions between associations. From these organization networks, the idea of civil society has grown internationally to include a broad variety of coordinated and organic organizations of diverse types, sizes, and functions.
In the landscape of civil society, major changes have occurred over time. At various times, the most influential were community-based groups, employers' or trade unions, professional societies, and non-governmental organizations.
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