English title: Citizenship and the Civic Realities of Everyday Life

Author(s): Jan W van Deth -

Language: English

Type: Book chapter

Year: 2013

Abstract

Democracy doesn’t deserve its name without citizens’ participation. Ever since Pericles this claim has been defended and discussed. The question is not whether citizens should be involved in democratic decision-making processes, but how much engagement and participation is required for a vibrant democracy. Citizens’ involvement, however, cannot be taken for granted but depends heavily on resources, motivations, and social contacts. Orientations and activities of citizens that strengthen democracy and which, in turn, are strengthened by democratic experiences are summarized under the label active citizenship.

From page no: 9

To page no: 21

Anthology: Civic Education and Competences for Engaging Citizens in Democracies