Guest editors' introduction: active citizenship and social accountability

Clarke, Matthew and Missingham, Bruce 2009, Guest editors' introduction: active citizenship and social accountability, Development in practice, vol. 19, no. 8, pp. 955-963, doi: 10.1080/09614520903233571.

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Title Guest editors' introduction: active citizenship and social accountability
Author(s) Clarke, Matthew
Missingham, Bruce
Journal name Development in practice
Volume number 19
Issue number 8
Start page 955
End page 963
Total pages 9
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication Abingdon, England
Publication date 2009-11
ISSN 0961-4524
Summary By active citizenship, we [Oxfam] mean that combination of rights and obligations that link individuals to the state, including paying taxes, obeying laws, and exercising the full range of political, civil, and social rights. Active citizens use those rights to improve the quality of political or civic life, through involvement in the formal economy or formal politics, or through the sort of collective action that historically has allowed poor and excluded groups to make their voices heard. [… .]

At an individual level, active citizenship means developing self-confidence and overcoming the insidious way in which the condition of being relatively powerless can become internalised. In relation to other people, it means developing the ability to negotiate and influence decisions. And when empowered individuals work together, it means involvement in collective action, be it at the neighbourhood level, or more broadly. Ultimately, active citizenship means engaging with the political system to build an effective state, and assuming some degree of responsibility for the public domain. (Green 2008: 12, 19)
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/09614520903233571
Field of Research 169999 Studies in Human Society not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 959999 Cultural Understanding not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2009, Taylor & Francis
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